Circus Vazquez, one of the country’s longest-running circuses, has been holding shows daily at Citi Field since Oct. 28. The circus will continue to perform there, offering three shows on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 11.
In addition to entertaining families across the country for more than 50 years, 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of when the show first came to New York City. The show blends the atmosphere of a traditional circus experience with modern contemporary elements to create a vibrant entertainment experience for its audiences. Circus Vazquez presents an awe-inspiring, death-defying, hilarious and affordable experience.
Among the featured performances are the X-Metal Riders inside the Globe of Death; Duo Vanegas defying gravity on the Wheel of Wonder; the Super Tumblers putting on an acrobatic display; Jan and Carolina’s mastery of the Rolla Bolla balance board; and the Medini Xtreme Skaters showing off their incredible roller skating maneuvers. The members of the Bingo Group escaped the war in their home country of Ukraine to join the show with their energetic and inspired aerial, hand balancing and dance performances. Famed Italian clown Fumagalli weaves his unique side-splitting comedy throughout the show while talented musicians provide live music throughout the act.
For Ringmaster Memo Vazquez, this circus is also a family business. Memo’s grandfather was the original founder of the circus, alongside his siblings. Memo’s father and uncle also helped run the circus. Today, Memo’s siblings, some of his children and nieces and nephews also contribute, including as performers.
“I’ve been part of Circus Vazquez almost since I was born,” Vazquez said. “Me and my brothers always wanted to have a career in the circus.”
According to Vazquez, there is a large and diverse cast of performers and crew members. He said that there are approximately 30 ring performers. He also estimated there to be nearly 200 people traveling with the circus. This includes the family members of many of the performers and crew members.
“All of us come from different places around the world,” Vazquez said. “We’ve got people from Italy, Ukraine, Columbia, Mexico and many other places. We bring in the best performers that we are able to find. We want people to come to our shows to forget all their problems and enjoy their time with us.”
Of the 11 shows that Circus Vazquez puts on each week, six of them take place on Saturdays and Sundays. There are 7:30 p.m. showtimes each day from Monday through Friday; 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows on Saturdays; and noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows on Sundays.
Tickets are on sale for as low as $25 per person through Circus Vazquez’s website.