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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
The Grant Animal Walk of The Greatest Show On Earth is scheduled for this afternoon, January 29, at 1:30 p.m.
The Animal Walk heralds the arrival of the all-new 142nd Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
The show comes to town in a 53-car long steel coach. Organizers say it has some of the most exotic cargo on earth.
Animals will unload from the train at West 3rd and Graham. They will then take a left on Graham and continue to Trade Street, where they will turn onto Trade Street. The animals will process past the Arena, and make a left on North Caldwell Street, and then a final left into the back loading dock of the Arena.
PETA is protesting the Animal Walk. A large inflatable elephant will lead the PETA protest.
Protesters plan to display signs reading "This is Ringling Baby-Elephant Training", alongside banners with photos reportedly taken inside the Ringling training center. PETA says the photos show baby elephants stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with bullhooks, and shocked with electric prods. Organizers say the sessions go on for several hours each day to force the baby elephants to learn circus tricks.
The Circus has not responded to PETA's planned protest.
There will be nine performances at Time Warner Cable Arena from January 30 through February 3.
Wed., Jan. 30 7 p.m.
Thu., Jan. 31 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 1 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 3 11 a.m., 3 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now through timewarnercablearena.com, ticketmaster.com, the arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, including select Wal-Mart stores, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information on The Greatest Show on Earth visit www.Ringling.com