2004 Alzafar Shrine Circus

The Grand Master was a VIP Guest of Alzafar Shrine Temple (of which he is a Past Potentate)
at the 2004 Alzafar Shrine Circus on Saturday, October 2, in San Antonio.
(click on a thumbnail for a larger picture)

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Pre-show attractions included pony and elephant rides. One of the several antique cars manned by the Antique Carriage Club. The Honor Guard prepares to enter the packed Coliseum. A NEMNUF Clown leads the opening parade.
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Another of the Antique Carriage Club cars enters the arena. Another of the Antique Carriage Club cars enters the arena. Another of the Antique Carriage Club cars enters the arena. The Grand Master (passenger seat) prepares to enter the arena.
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The Grand Master enters the arena escorted by the Patrol. The Grand Master enters the arena escorted by the Patrol. The Honor Guard stands at attention as the opening parade passes through the arena. Noble Stuart Simms, Chief Rabban of Alzafar Shrine and organizer of this year's Shrine Circus, waits to receive the Grand Master.
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The Grand Master approaches the center ring with his escort. The Grand Master approaches the center ring with his escort. The Grand Master enters the center ring through an "arch of steel" formed by the escort. The Grand Master greets an enthusiastic crowd.
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The Grand Master greets an enthusiastic crowd. The Grand Master greets an enthusiastic crowd. The Grand Photographer (far right) finally gets in a picture, joined by his wife Brandy and the Grand Master. The opening tiger act wows the audience.
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The opening tiger act wows the audience. The old tigers-jumping-through-the-flaming-hoop trick. The ringmaster keeps the show flowing. The trapeze artists appear to fly through the air with the greatest of ease.
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The "ease" of their flying through the air begins to look harder... Now it's just downright difficult. The elephants were a big crowd-pleaser. Somebody yelled "Mouse!"
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The funny thing is that elephants do this in nature all the time. The human cannonball prepares to fly 150 ft. through the air (though I didn't get the in-air picture, be assured he landed safely). The grand finale brings the crowd to their feet.