ELMSFORD, N.Y. – The circus is in town this weekend as the Zerbini Family Circus brings its animals, fire performances and high-flying acts to Elmsford.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, Our Lady of Mount Carmel will host its third annual circus show at DeLuca Park to help raise money for the school.
"The circus is fantastic," said Theresa Gilberti, a teacher at Mount Carmel for 16 years. "They do a great show. It's a fun family night. It's like the Ringling Brothers, except on a smaller scale. They do trapeze, they do big animals. It's really cute."
The circus has been a big hit over the past two years. The children especially enjoy the fire acts and seeing the live alligators, Gilberti noted.
"It's all for the kids," she said. "That is what it's for. It is all about them. That is what's important. As long as they have fun and I see their little smiles, it's all good. It's very cool and it's a great show for the kids. My students loved it."
The circus was also a hit with adults. After witnessing the Zerbini's show, Gilberti said parents asked for the event to be repeated the following year.
"Everybody loves it," said Toni Mauro, an office assistant and computer teacher at Mount Carmel. "They enjoyed it very much."
The event is one of several fundraising events that Our Lady of Mount Carmel holds throughout the year. In the past, Gilberti said the money has gone toward purchasing computers, computer programs and installing air conditioning systems in the classrooms.
"It goes toward whatever it is that the school needs for the kids at the time," she said.
The two shows are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, priced $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The school is located at 59 E. Main St. in Elmsford.