Ringling Bros. performs final shows in New York (16 images)

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed its final day of shows in New York on May 21, shutting down after 146 years.

Feld Entertainment, who owns the production, announced in January that declining ticket sales and high operating costs were the reason for the decision to cease operations.
Updated: May 22, 2017 at 10:55 AM
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A trainer hugs a tiger following a series of stunts. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Trainers perform stunts with dogs on the final day of performances. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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A stunt rider performs. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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A circus performer trick rides a horse. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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A circus trainer hugs a lion. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Acrobats perform on Sunday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Trainers performs stunts with dogs. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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