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Barnum Ringmaster To Receive Whip, Whistle And Watch At Bridgeport Luncheon

Jason Julian is the 2016 Barnum Festival ringmaster. The Whip, Whistle & Watch Luncheon honoring the 2016 Barnum Festival Ringmaster Jason Julian will be Friday, May 20, at noon at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 1070 Main St., Bridgeport.
Jason Julian is the 2016 Barnum Festival ringmaster. The Whip, Whistle & Watch Luncheon honoring the 2016 Barnum Festival Ringmaster Jason Julian will be Friday, May 20, at noon at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 1070 Main St., Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Whip, Whistle & Watch Luncheon honoring the Barnum Festival's Ringmaster Jason Julian will be served Friday, May 20, at noon at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 1070 Main St., Bridgeport.

This annual tradition celebrates the ringmaster, who will be presented with his ceremonial whip, whistle and watch. The luncheon is just one of many events held throughout the Barnum Festival.

Reservations and payment are required in advance. Cost is $55 per person.

Jumbo sponsors of the Whip, Whistle & Watch Luncheon are Aquarion Water Co., Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co., City of Bridgeport, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 488, People's United Bank and Elizabeth M. Pfriem.

Event sponsors are Bridgeport Landing Development, Merit Insurance, Pullman & Comley, Santa Energy and Wade's Dairy Inc.

The Barnum Festival was founded in 1948 as a way to build community spirit as well as to honor the late Phineas Taylor Barnum, a Bridgeport resident who was a world-renowned showman, businessman and community leader. He founded the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The Barnum Festival honors Barnum with its annual celebration from mid-May to June. A Ringmaster is appointed each year to entertain the public and promote the Greater Bridgeport region.

The entertainment in the festival includes the Wing Ding Parade for Kids at Beardsley Zoo and the concluding event, a civic parade celebrating the City of Bridgeport and the surrounding area -- the Great Street Parade.

Register for the Luncheon with Stephanie Lindley at Lindley@BRBC.org. or click here .

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