for now...I love carnivals but I don't like circuses. The main reason is the animals and the actual clowns. The latter I find creepy (although drawn to the plastic and painted versions at carnivals) and I cannot stand the use of animals in circuses. Carnivals and amusement parks, a visual feast. Never one for the rides but I like the tawdry garish charm, the flip side of humanity, the endless stories behind every barker calling you over to waste your money shooting water pistols to win a prize, every crazed with excitement little kid, the crowds, the workers, a story everywhere.