(Michael Williamson/The Washington Post)

The circus’s “Fully Charged” shows will return to the Verizon Center beginning Thursday and will run through Sunday.

This year’s walk to welcome the elephants is starting a few hours later than the 2011 event; the expected start time is Tuesday at 8 p.m. and the route, which is expected to begin at Virginia and New Jersey avenues SE, is below.

View 2012 DC Elephant Walk Route in a larger map

You can also follow along with @DCElephantWalk on Twitter, and if you’re a photographer, you can meet up with other shutterbugs at the We Love DC meetup here.