Pachyderms are on parade this afternoon as the annual Elephant Walk once again makes its way through downtown Washington. The event coincides with the return of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in town through Sunday with its “Funundrum” show.
The walk is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m., starting at South Capitol and E streets, heading past the Capitol for photo ops and ending at Verizon Center. For parade updates, call the Animal Walk Hotline at 866-683-3640 or follow the route on Twitter @DCElephantWalk.
View the 2011 D.C. Elephant Walk route in a larger map.
Animal rights activists are expected to accompany the parade, once again raising the question: Is the spectacle simply a fun family event or exploitation of animals? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.