Happy Birthday, Willie!

On May 5, 2020 legendary circus performer Willie Edelston celebrated his 97th birthday! His friends surprised him with a birthday parade – a circus parade, of course.

Wilie and Norma

Edelston auditioned for a spot with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1948 after returning from World War II. Throughout the 1950s he performed in the Flying Hartzels with his wife, Norma.

Willie lives in Sarasota and has continued to be an active coach and mentor for Sailor Circus.

Willie performing in 2010 (Photo by Bill Raab)