Circus on the waterfront tops off festival’s day for kids

Ignacio and Johnnathan Ybarra speed past each other, weaving circles on their motorcycles inside of a giant spherical cage - the Globe of Death. In the center stands their mother, Jeane Ybarra. She looks worried, but stands calmly in one place as one of her sons takes her purple top hat from her head and continues to race around her before placing it back where it belongs. The crowd roars. The trio is part of the Fantazia Circus, who performed at Waterfront Stadium on Saturday as part of the 2011 Coast Guard Festival.
Lydia Coutré
Aug 2, 2011


“This is the first time we’ve had the Fantazia Circus this year, and it was a great show,” said Lisa Stoner, chairwoman of the event. “... I think the crowd really enjoyed it.”

Jeane Ybarra was equally fond of the audience.

“I think that was really the best crowd,” she said. “They are so nice. A lot of people showed up. We didn’t think (it would be) so many because (it’s) so hot, but they call came, and they all stayed for the whole show.”

The Ybarra brothers, who are the sixth generation of circus performers in their family, continued to entertain the crowd with a routine on the trampoline, juggling and antics with a clown. Other performers enchanted the audience for more than an hour with fire twirling, sword balancing, aerial feats and more.


To see the photo gallery from the circus, click here.


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