When Circus People Decide to Get Hitched, It's Time to Send in the Clowns—and the Horses and Camels
updated 08/08/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/08/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
A circus atmosphere? Yes, but entirely appropriate, since the wedding was held during Milwaukee's 25th annual Great Circus Parade. Employees of the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wis.—Mary Jane works in development; Rick is the bandleader—the couple met a year ago on the night before the circus train left for the annual Milwaukee parade. They decided to get married during this year's parade, says the groom, because "when you're in the circus, your whole life is the circus. You're always in the center ring." So it was that Schmidt and Percy exchanged rings while jiggling along in an ornate, horse-drawn wagon, one of the 75 historic vehicles the museum paraded during the afternoon. The crowd lining the route shouted congratulations and presented the couple, in true Milwaukee style, with icy six-packs of beer. The procession proceeded smoothly, except for the moment when the wagon clattered over a bridge. Said the bride: "I hope the marriage isn't this rocky."