An American tradition will end this year, as the parent company of Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus announces they will shut down after a century and a half of it's traveling show.

FOX's Eben Brown reports from Miami:

(Ring Master) "Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey!... The greatest show on earth!"

And it's last show on earth will be this May. It's owners, the Feld family in Florida, says they're just not selling as many tickets ever since ending the elephant acts:

(Feld) "Removing the elephants from the touring units, we saw a very sharp drop in attendance. Much greater than we anticipated."

The final shows will take place in Providence and on New York's Long Island.

In Miami, Eben Brown, FOX News.

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(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

P.T. Barnum opened his first circus in the 1870's, with ringmaster J.A. Bailey. The Ringling Brothers started theirs shortly after and the two merged in 1891.