Text & Photos:
Julie Schwietert Collazo
Now in New York… but not for long.
There are only six more days to see the Circo Hermanos Vazquez perform under the tent in the CitiField parking lot, just off the 7 train in Queens.
Big Apple Circus, this ain’t. In fact, attending a performance of Circo Hermanos Vazquez doesn’t much feel like it’s in New York City at all. Once inside the big top, the nearly all Latino audience and the all-Spanish-language (minus safety instructions) show make it easy to feel like you’ve left the city for Mexico, which is where this family circus started.
There’s a lot to love about this circus. The 150-employee Vazquez outfit puts on a pretty good show. Though there are some uneven performances, they are compensated for by some spectacular ones, which are made all the more impressive by the lack of harnesses, nets, and safety mats during the most daring acts, especially those on the high trapeze, performed by Alain Alegria, and gyroscopes, performed by Alberto and Guillermo Fernandez.
The animals in the Circo Hermanos Vazquez–which include pigs, camels, and zebras– look very well cared for, and Aldo Vazquez leads a pack of black and white horses in an impressive, well-choreographed show.
There are clowns, of course, with plenty of good jokes about immigration and life in the United States, and acrobats, as well as high speed acrobatic skaters and a juggler, and every act is accompanied by music played by a live band.
Every seat is a good seat and the smallish venue, which is packed to capacity at most evening performances, makes the fun of sharing a circus experience with other excited kids and families even more acute.
General admission tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for kids aged 2-10, but if you print out a coupon from the circus website, you can get free entry for your child for each adult ticket purchased. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the box office, where both cash and credit cards are accepted.
To get to Circo Hermanos Vazquez, take the 7 train to the Willets Point station and then cross the CitiField parking lot; the circus tent will be clearly visible. Be prepared to pay dearly for snacks ($8 for a “medium” popcorn) and toys ($15 for a light saber). Photography is permitted as long as you can shoot without flash.