How do I describe the Cirque du Mardi Gras? After watching the show last night, I felt like I had finally seen my first-ever vaudeville show. It's a blast from the past.... and a blast!

The Venardos Circus is in Downtown Mobile through February 14th, with at least one show daily at the Alabama Contemporary Arts Center (formerly Space 301), at the edge of Cathedral Square. It's a fun addition to Mardi Gras, which puts a circus spin on our traditions. They've even got Joe Cain doing his own acrobatics. 

Fun for the whole family? Absolutely. Kids loved it, and I think the adults in attendance loved it even more. The Cirque du Mardi Gras is led by a former ringmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus; but unlike it's more famous cousin, there are no animal acts. But plenty of incredible human feats make up for it.

This circus is part musical-theater, part vaudeville, and part things that would land me in the hospital (or worse). But the cast handled it all deftly. And even when things didn't go perfectly (rare!), it was always entertaining, always fun.

This circus has managed to get the attention of CBS News Sunday Morning. A crew was on hand to film much of the fun for a future show. Don't know when it will air, but I suspect it will be closer to the last day of the Ringling Bros. Circus -- a show about how the circus continues in the 21st century, even if it's a bit different.

You can learn more about Cirque du Mardi Gras and get tickets at THIS LINK.