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“Everyone Counts”

2019 FOCUS

The 71st annual Barnum Festival continues the tradition of uniting the community. Just as P.T. Barnum pioneered entertainment for all, our 2019 Ringmaster—Marty Schwartz—is passionately committed to this year’s theme: Everyone Counts. For nearly four decades, Marty has been a champion for people with disabilities and dedicated himself to supporting families throughout the state. After retiring as president and CEO of The Kennedy Center earlier this year, Marty is enthusiastically taking on the title of this year’s Ringmaster, and looks forward to donating part of the festival’s proceeds to programs that help support special needs children. Under Marty’s leadership, the Barnum Festival is working hard to make sure no one is left behind.

The Festival

The annual Barnum Festival is a seasonal celebration of the City of Bridgeport and its tight-knit community. Dating back to 1948, the festival originated to help support local businesses and honor P.T. Barnum—a world-renowned showman and city leader. The Barnum Festival spans several weeks in an effort to build community spirit, enrich the lives of Bridgeport residents, and give back, culminating in a weekend-long Barnum Palooza that hosts parades, concerts, fireworks, and other family-friendly events.

The Board

Robert Laska, President

Michael Bisciglia, VP

Frank J. Carroll, Secretary

Peter F. Hurst, Treasurer

William S. Murphy

Robert J Magee

S. George Santa

Andrew Julian

Paul Miller

Elizabeth M. Pfriem

Joseph Kasper Jr.

Kaye Williams

Mickey Herbert

Paul Delfino

Anthony Cernera

Charles M. Carroll

David D’Addario

Richard Bodine

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