Shrine Circus opens with protestors in West Springfield

The circus will run thru May 7th at the Eastern States Exposition

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Melha Shrine Circus is back for a four-day run in the Town of West Springfield.

It’s called the “Circus with a Purpose” because it supports the many activities of the Shriners, including the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield.

Last year the Shrine Circus put on a show with no animals, and for the first time in its history, lost money. This year they brought the animals back and attracted a protest by animal rights activists.

The circus will run thru May 7th at the Coliseum on the Eastern States Exposition grounds.