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Synonyms for circus

a travelling company of entertainers

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a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals

a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment

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(antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games

an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent

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We urge the people of Wales to remind the Welsh Government that they support strong UK legislation that will ban wild animals being used in circuses.
I look forward to enjoying Greenhead Park and circuses there for many years to come.
Our performers need it, and I think the world's circuses need it.
The circus is one of only two circuses in the UK which uses wild animals in its shows.
He added: "If people are going to criticise it would be sensible to criticise in terms of an individual, not all circuses.
CAPS claims circuses are forcing wild animals to live in cramped, squalid, captivity and perform unnatural, dangerous acts, and say many of the exotic animals including elephants, sealions, tigers and alligators, have shown signs of stress and frustration.
There's unpleasant publicity from groups such as PETA, who picket circuses nationwide for using animal acts.
A few officials were sympathetic to the smaller circuses and many performers still here, but most seemed to feel -- and many actually said -- that Sarasota had "outgrown" the circus.
Astley established 19 circuses across Europe, as far east as Moscow, although we owe the word 'circus' to his first great rival, Charles Hughes.
In fact, circuses have been closing down at an alarming rate.
It is one of only three remaining circuses in the UK to include animals in its performances.
And in a few areas of town, you can still see backyard rigging where aerialists in the small circuses and carnivals that today call Sarasota home practice their skills.
Unfortunately, in England, circuses are able to receive a licence from the UK Government to use wild animals.
What are the main obstacles that face circuses in Finland nowadays?