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Citizens Defending Freedom Stops Underage Ticket Sales for Adult Circus

Updated: Mar 15

LAKE WALES, FL. –  In response to a wave of concerns raised by alarmed citizens over ticket sales to minors for an adult-themed event, Citizens Defending Freedom (CDF) took swift action to safeguard children in their local communities.

Paranormal Cirque III, which Sarasota newspaper Herald-Tribune touts as an R-rated circus that is not for children, is a themed circus similar to Cirque du Soleil but with much darker themes. The circus, which originated in Sarasota Florida by Cirque Italia, features demon possessed acrobats, a graphic performance of a serial killer committing a gruesome murder (don’t worry – he juggles too), and overtly sexual performances including a male performer who performs a strip tease for a male audience member in stocks. View the video here.

The circus opened ticket sales across Florida in 2023 and included an option to purchase youth tickets for ages 13-17. Reports from concerned citizens in two Florida counties highlighted the potential risks associated with the admission of minors to an event of this nature. Recognizing the importance of protecting the innocence of children and upholding Florida statutes that prohibit minors from attending adult live performances, Polk County Citizens Defending Freedom and Duval County Citizens Defending Freedom acted quickly to address the issue with venues hosting the event and local law enforcement.  As a result, both event organizers promptly took steps to not only discontinue youth sales and refund any purchased tickets, but also ensured that anyone under the age of 18 was prohibited from attending this and any future adult-themed events.

The swift response and collaborative efforts of the Duval and Polk County teams with local law enforcement and event organizers highlights CDF’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the innocence of children and upholding state laws. We commend the vigilance of local citizens and the proactive efforts taken to cease minor ticket sales and enforce age restrictions, not only for Paranormal Cirque III, but for any future adult-themed performances.

Founded in 2021, Citizens Defending Freedom is a non-profit organization that strategically operates in counties across America to help citizens defend their faith and freedom, all while fighting for transparency in local government. Currently, Citizens Defending Freedom is established in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Texas, with plans to continue expanding across America. Click here to learn more about Citizens Defending Freedom.



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