At his command, pretty Peggy Drake, six, dressed as a majorette, led the parade into the ring.
Behind her, painted clowns, pretty tight rope walkers and hula dancers and other children dressed as horses, seals and even one “elephant” trooped grandly into the ring.
Children from River Street and Mitchell Street schools, teachers and proud parents munched popcorn, laughed and applauded from the sidelines in the hot muggy weather.
In the ring, the kindergarten strong man struggled and strained to lift a “heavy” weight above his head. Then amid applause, he blithely strode out carrying his rubber barbell with the “heavy” balloons tied on the end. He carried it off with one hand.
First graders Michael Grimes and John Scavo were the performing seals. They nimbly played a game of toss and catch with the ringmaster, returning a large beachball with pointed nods of their heads.
There was even sad “Freddy the Clown,” first grader Fred Ploutz in real life.
As clouds gathered overhead and the wind came up stronger, John Nader hit the dirt with his whip closing the final act.
Minutes later, it rained and children scurried for shelter.