The Barnum Festival was founded in 1948 as a way to build community spirit as well as to honor Bridgeport’s most famous resident, Phineas Taylor Barnum – world-renowned showman, businessman and community leader. P.T. Barnum was above all an entertainer; he celebrated hoaxes and founded the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
The festival focuses on many of Barnum’s imaginative concepts such as the Jenny Lind Concert, Champions on Parade, a Children’s Wing Ding Parade, the Great Barnum Street Parade, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at Seaside Park. Many of the activities are brought to you due to the efforts of Bridgeport’s Downtown Special Services District. Watch for various date and times for events!
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