THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Visitors to the Third Street Promenade will be in for a special treat this Thursday when Cirque du Soleil presents a free preview of its traveling production “Totem” that’s currently on show next to the Santa Monica Pier through March 16.

The special preview will take place between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard at 12:30 p.m.

Cirque is hosting the event to say thanks to Santa Monicans for their support over the years.

Local Red Bull-affiliated BMX athletes and break dancers will join the “Totem” performers for a special celebration bringing back Cirque du Soleil where it originated from nearly 30 years ago: the street.

This event is free to the public and allows the a close up look at the lavish artistic feats of “Totem.” For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem.

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