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Shriners, elephants liven up Delano area

Hundreds of people lined the sidewalks of West Douglas on Thursday evening as the annual Midian Shrine Circus parade took the streets of Delano.

Although the circus part of the parade consisted primarily of two elephants, most children seemed equally thrilled with the Shriners' go-carts as they roared through the roundabout surrounding the neighborhood's clock tower.

"It's great," said Woody Goodvin, who watched the parade at the roundabout with his wife, Tiffany, their daughter, Hadley, 7, and their son Davis, 5.

"They put a lot into fixing this place up, and it gets everybody out to see it," he said.

For Hadley and Davis, the elephants were the highlight of the parade. For Zavier Martinez, 5, it was the go-carts.

"I like those little race cars," he said.

Zavier's parents, Kyle and Stephanie Martinez, said they hadn't decided whether Zavier would be going to the circus this weekend.

"He'll definitely want to go now that he's seen the animals," Kyle Martinez said.

David Pate, an official with the Shriners, said this year's parade was supposed to have included more animals.

He said a nationwide shortage of tiger acts prevented the group from booking any tigers this year. He said a trainer who was supposed to bring his bears to the parade suffered a stroke last week and was unable to come to Wichita.

The Shrine Circus, which raises money for the Shriners' charity work, will be held at the Intrust Bank Arena today through Sunday.

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