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(US/md) The elephant in the room: Protesters gather for circus's opening night

The Cole Bros. Circus could see a different kind of attraction again today -- protesters demonstrating against the show.

Animal rights activists gathered Wednesday at the entrance of the Frederick Fairgrounds; they were hard to miss. Protesters held up large signs stamped with such phrases as "the circus is no fun for animals."

Other signs asked circus-goers to become an "elefriend."

People continued to buy tickets for elephant rides just a few yards away from the demonstration, but that did not discourage the protesters. They stood together in support of animal rights as a long line of cars trickled into the parking lot.

"Our goal is to educate," said Abby Casarella, a Frederick resident who organized the demonstration.

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