New York City Proclaims Nov. 16th asBarnum's KaleidoscapeSMDay

New York, NY - Nov. 16, 2000 -An historic event took place in Bryant Park today. For the first time in its 130-year history, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®circus tent has been raised in Manhattan. In fact, three tents were raised to houseBarnum's Kaleidoscape.

A press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony were held to commemorate this event.

Welcoming remarks were made by John Paul Basile who then introduced Michael Fuchs of Bryant Park Restoration Corporation and L. Robert Lieb of Bryant Park Management Corporation. Mr. Fuchs and Mr. Lieb welcomedBarnum's Kaleidoscapeto Bryant Park and gave a brief history of the park.

They then introduced the Honorable Rudy Washington, Deputy Mayor of New York City. Mr. Washington presented Mr. Feld,Barnum's Kaleidoscape's Producer, with a proclamation, which proclaimed November 16th asBarnum's Kaleidoscapeday in New York City. The proclamation will be framed and on display in the Reception Tent throughout the New York City engagement.

Mr. Feld thanked Bryant Park and presented Mr. Washington, Mr. Fuchs, Mr. Lieb, Mr. Basile andBarnum's Kaleidoscapestars David Larible and Vanessa Fisher with velvet covered hard hats. The hard hats were adorned with gold plaques commemorating the tent raising event. After the hard hats were presented, Mr. Washington and Mr. Feld cut a red velvet ribbon, which was positioned across the entrance of the Reception Tent.

Once the ceremony was completed the members of the media and special guests were given a tour of the Reception Tent and then witnessed the raising of the Performance Tent.

Following the tour and the tent raising, attendees and members of the press were invited to Bryant Park Grill to experience a "taste" ofBarnum's Kaleidoscape.

The Holiday Season engagement ofBarnum's Kaleidoscapein the heart of Manhattan opens November 21 through December 31, 2000, in Bryant Park.

Tickets toBarnum's Kaleidoscapeare $20, $25, $40, $50 and $75 (V.I.P luxury couches, orchestra and Barnum's Box seats) and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets,www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-877-9BARNUM (Toll Free) and at theBarnum's Kaleidoscapebox office at Bryant Park.

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