Shrine Circus Programs
The Shriners, a fraternal group founded in 1872, is best known
for its support for hospitals for crippled children and burn victims.
More than 130 Shrine Temples produce circuses every year throughout
the United States and Canada. These events are a major component
of the Shriners' fundraising efforts. The pre-circus street parade
is kept alive by several Shrine Temples. They provide a drum and
bugle corps, Oriental bands, the Arab Patrol, color guards, clowns,
Mounted Patrols, brass bands and more. The circus program book
sold at the event serves multiple purposes. It is a traditional
program listing the acts and including pictures of the performers,
a means to inform attendees of the good works performed by the
Shriners and an advertising medium for local businesses. The Shrine
Circus continues to be a very popular event in part because it
is performed in smaller venues outside of major metropolitan areas.
We have acquired a small collection of Shrine Circus Programs.
Most are in very-fine to fine condition.
Polack Bros. Shrine Circus 1959 Thirteenth Annual
Performance held at Beni Kedem Temple, Charleston, West Virginia
November 19-22, 1959 8.5" x 11" (Stock number 005Shrine01)
Zuhrah Shrine 46th Annual Circus Program and Coloring Book.
1964 Performance held at Minneapolis Auditorium, February
27 through March 7, 1964. 8.25" x 10.75" No marks on
coloring book pages. (Stock number 005Shrine03) $20.00
Shrine Circus - Souvenir - Natchez Shrine Club, Wahabi
Temple - Annual. 1973 Performance held at Martin Football
Stadium, July 31, 1973. 8.5" x 10.75" Cover folds. (Stock
number 005Shrine02) $20.00
Polack Brothers Shrine Circus - Performed by Uniformed Units
of Elf Khurafeh Temple, Saginaw, Michigan - January 1947 Program.
9" x 12" Spine separating. (Stock number 005Shrine04)
39th Annual Shrine Circus - Arena May 6th to 13th 1972 (Manitoba,
Canada) Program. 8" x 10.75" (Stock number 005Shrine05)
Shrine Circus - Jan. 28th - Feb. 10th, 1952, Coliseum, State
Fair Grounds, Detroit. Program. 7" x 10" (Stock number
Shrine Circus Mocha Temple Treasure Island Gardens 1967 (London,
Ontario, Canada) (Same year as Expo 67 in Montreal). Program.
8" x 11" (Stock number 005Shrine07) $20.00
Ahmed Temple - Marquette, Michigan Shrine Circus - NMU Fieldhouse
- May 2 and 3, 1967. Program. 8" x 10.5" (Stock number
Coastal Bend Shrine Club Official 1967 Program Shrine Circus
Memorial Coliseum August 24th - 27th. Program. (Corpus Christi,
Texas) 8.25" x 11" Nibble lower left corner. (Stock
number 005Shrine09) $20.00
Evangeline Club's 7th Annual Super Extravaganza Shrine Circus
- McNaspy Stadium U.S.L. Aug. 8th 1962. (Louisiana) Program. 8.5"
x 11" (Stock number 005Shrine10) $20.00
Sahib Shrine 5th Annual Circus (Florida - 1986) - Robarts
Arena Sarasota Sat. Oct. 18th and Sun., Oct. 19th; Fenton Arena
Arcadia Tues., Oct. 21st; Manatee Civic Center Palmetto Fri.,
Oct. 24th thru Sun., Oct. 26th. Program. 8.5" x 11"
(Stock number 005Shrine11) $20.00
Columbus - Fort Benning (Georgia) Shrine Club Sixth Annual
Shrine Circus - November 1, 2, 3, 1968 / Columbus Municipal Auditorium.
Program. 8.5" x 10.75" (Stock number 005Shrine12) $20.00
Official Program & Color Book Shrine Carden Int. Circus
1982. Program. 8.5" x 11" (Stock number 005Shrine13)
Shrine Circus Aleppo Temple Shrine Activities Boston Garden
1956, Nov. 16, 17, 18, 23,24,25. Very good. (Stock number 005Shrine14)
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