Memo Vasquez has never felt the urge to run away and join the circus. That’s because the ringmaster grew up in one and has never left.
He is the third generation of his family to own the Circus Vazquez, and he runs it with his brothers.
It is returning to Huntington this week, with shows starting Friday and running through Oct. 9, in the parking lot at Walt Whitman Shops. This will be its third year in Huntington.
He said that his parents, who ran the circus founded by their parents, still travel with the group of about 200 people, including performers, musicians, crew, office staff and drivers.
Performers hail from all over the world, including Ukraine, India, Czech Republic, Latin America and Italy. A couple of acts have been contestants in and won recognition in the Amerca’s Got Talent competition.
The circus is family oriented. There are no animals in the performances. “The circus involves a lot of family oriented material. It’s not only that the show is safe for families but in the show you can see how families stay together,” he said.
He said he enjoys the travel, spending most of the year on the road, while returning to the circus’s home in Texas. “I like travel, and I like food so I get to try food from all over,” he said. After staying in their home in Texas for a month or so, he said, he gets the urge to hit the road. “I need to travel he said,” while staying in trailers in different cities suits him.
The performances include a lot of flashing lights, warns that people with photosensitivities may be affected.
Tickets are available at https://tickets.circusvazquez.com/event/huntington-station-ny19