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The Elephants are Coming

The circus is coming to town soon, which means another “huge” event is also on the way.  The annual Elephant Walk, the procession of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s biggest stars from the train station to the performance venue, has become a much anticipated yearly tradition for many.

On Tuesday, March 22, you can catch the parade of pachyderms as they travel through DC’s streets.  The walk is scheduled to start at 2pm on Virginia Avenue SE, right behind Garfield Park on Capitol Hill.  The route will take them by the Capitol on Independence Avenue  then down 3rd Street to Penn Quarter, where they will make their way to the Verizon Center.   Here’s the exact course (you can also view it on a map):

  • Start on Virginia Ave SE (By Garfield Park)
  • Northwest on Washington Ave. SW
  • West on Independence Ave. SW
  • North on 3rd St. SW
  • West on G St. NW.
  • North on 6th Street to the loading dock of Verizon Center

*Due to unpredictable train schedules, starting time and route are subject to change.  You can call the animal walk hotline at 1-866-683-3670 for updates.


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The Annual Elephant Walk

When was the last time you saw a 15-ton elephant walking down the street? (If you can actually answer that question with something other than “never,” then you probably know where this is going.) Yes, it’s that time of year—the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to town and kicking off its five-week visit to the DC-metro area with the traditional Elephant Walk. On Tuesday, March 16 at 1pm, the parade of pachyderms will take to the city streets, making their way from the train (by Garfield Park in Capitol Hill) to the Verizon Center. Catch them along the following route:

• Start on Virginia Ave. S.E.
• Northwest on Washington Ave. S.W.
• West on Independence Ave. S.W.
• North on 3rd St. S.W./N.W.
• West on G St. N.W.
• North on 6th Street to the loading dock of the Verizon Center.

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