DALLAS (AP) Two live elephants, cheerleaders and fireworks have entertained Republican National Committee members visiting Dallas as the city vies to host the 2016 Republican convention.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) on Thursday walked a red carpet into the American Airlines Center in downtown Dallas, with about 100 people cheering. He posed at Victory Park between two elephants the symbol of the Republican Party.

Priebus said he enjoyed the fanfare, but stressed that the committee's final choice would be a "business decision."

Dallas officials are touting the city's experience with major events and its ties to the GOP. They have raised $45 million already in public and private pledges.

Dallas is competing with Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City.