LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - The Greatest Show on Earth begins its final show in just about 15 minutes. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is calling it quits after Sunday in Long Island.

Ticket sales have declined in recent years after accusations of animal cruelty. The show has been on the road for 146 years. 

"There's a feeling of adoration, pride, in the fact that I've been a part of an American institution. I'm gonna be the last word on it too," said Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson.