A UniverSoul Big Top Party


The circus with a purpose – UniverSoul Circus – was back in Memphis on Tuesday, with some new acts and the same agenda.

The only African-American Circus in the world, UniverSoul Circus always makes a point to tell the children to tell their parents that they love them and that they thank them for bringing them to the circus.

Tuesday's opening-night performance started with a local flavor, featuring The Millennium Madness Fancy Trick Drill Team that many have seen do their thing at the Southern Heritage Classic, area high schools and other Memphis venues.

Then Zeke, who has been with UniverSoul Circus from its beginning, came out with a crew guys of similar stature and entertained via a skit.

The evening rolled on from there, including performances by the Caribbean Dancers, Jean Claude and his aerial Ballet, elephant rides, the Soul Train Line and numerous other crowd-pleasers.

The show goes on at the Hickory Ridge Mall through Sept. 2. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets and online at