Like all Boston tourists, Kelli Ann, Bonnie and Karen came to eat on Hanover Street in the North End. Except these three huge Asian circus elephants would never make it in the door of a restaurant. Watermelon, vegetables and fresh North End bread were on the menu as part of the annual chowdown before the opening of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus at TD Garden. There was also dancing, little football catch and harmonica playing to the delight of the kids.
This is one of the last North End elephant brunches as Ringling Bros. will stop using elephants in the circus by 2018. Kelli Ann, Bonnie and Karen have a Florida retirement spot waiting for them at the Center for Elephant Conservation.
Many thanks to Becca Griffin (photos below) and Meghan Denenberg (above) for the action photos!