Shrine Circus in Exhibition Stadium, c. 1955
The Shrine of North America was founded in 1872. 13 members of the Masonic Order founded the group in order to provide fun and fellowship to members. The group is best known for its philanthropy – the first Shriners’ Children’s Hospital was opened in 1922. Currently, 22 hospitals are generously supported by the Shriners. The hospitals provide free care for children with orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord injuries.
Shriners are easily recognizable by the distinctive red fez hats that they wear to official functions. The 191 Shrine Temples in North America raise funds and spread cheer through their parades, clowns and circuses. The Shrine Circus is an annual event in many communities across North America, including Regina.