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Blind students get a 'touch tour' of circus

Posted by Metro Desk  October 15, 2010 05:27 PM

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Ally Foster hugs one of the circus horses as students from the Perkins School for the Blind participated in a "Touch Tour" at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show at the TD Garden.


About 50 students from the Perkins School for the Blind gathered at the TD Garden today with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers who gave them a chance to touch a collection of costumes, makeup and animals.

The experience was part of the “Touch Tour,” an annual tradition between the circus and the Watertown school.

“They like the circus just like any other child,” said Marilyn Ray Beyer, a spokeswoman for the school, “but with this experience, they now can understand the costume that a dancer wears or a clown’s wig or a big rubber nose.”

The children were able to pet performing horses, dogs and miniature ponies, said Courtney Mercier, a spokeswoman for the TD Garden. Many laughed as the fur tickled their hands.

Trainers taught the children -- elementary and middle school students -- about the animals, and even brought out an elephant.

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Students from the Perkins School for the Blind enjoy Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus "Touch Tour" at the TD Garden today.

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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