PHOENIX — For some people politics has turned into a circus... Literally.
The Emergency Circus is a nonprofit group from Tucson and they’re bringing clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists to downtown Phoenix to put on a circus to promote voting.
“When people call politicians clowns, don't insult clowns like that, clowns are caring and just want to make people laugh,” expressed Clay Mazing, the director of the Emergency Circus.
Clay Mazing says their mission is to spread hope and make people smile during the toughest times.
“Since 2012, we’ve traveled all over the world, visited hospitals, refugee camps along the U.S-Mexico border. We’ve been to a bunch of post-hurricane shelters, post-disaster zones.”
He says they try to be wherever there’s 'under circus' people, in this case, they chose Phoenix.
“We’re having this full-blown show at the Heritage Square, then we’re going to parade to the polls just around the corner. We're going to have a band and just walk together down the street. We’re going to have fun and vote,” said Clay Mazing.
The event is nonpartisan, Clay Mazing says with two weeks left until election day, it’s important to continue motivating people to vote.
“We just want to try to get people to provide their voice. The Emergency Circus wants you to help us help you ‘Cirque d'Vote’.
He says it’s a perfect combination, but also a great way to add some Halloween spirit to the celebration.
“We’re all going to be dressed as civic superheroes, wear your coolest mask and maybe a cape and make up your own superhero. Enjoy the show and come vote.”
The event is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Square Park located at 115 North 6th Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004.