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Cirque du Soul

On October 1st, the eastern edge of Washington Park is coming alive as families make their way into the blue and yellow tents of the UniverSoul Circus. The classic circus imagery is all here: brightly dressed clowns, animals pacing outside the tents, food everywhere, and appreciative kids. But there’s a significant difference from a typical circus scene: the audience is almost entirely African-American, and the circus itself draws on themes of black culture. Inside the tents, the expected smells of popcorn and funnel cakes that fill the air have a twist; vendors sell foods such as “soulhot wings” to inspire the mood in the circus audience.