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The Shriners International fraternal organization was established in 1870 and founded on Masonic principles. The circus was founded in 1906 and the first performance was held at the Moslem Shrine Center in Detroit, Michigan. A marker now denotes this location as a part of circus history. The Shrine Circus travels across the United States and Canada, and performances are held as fundraisers for the organization.