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October 26, 2013


Le Carrousel in Bryant Park


Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, All Ages


Event description: Attention all ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses...This Halloween the "ghoul-est" party in town is at Le Carrousel in Bryant Park and everyone’s invited. Head on over for an eerie hour of tricks and treats, face painting, and pumpkin decorating. Justin the Magician will entertain with illusions guaranteed to trick your eye. Top it all off with rides on Bryant Park’s Le Carrousel.

Address: 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues
MIdtown, NY 10018
Phone: 212-768-4242

About Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

The word "carousel" has been traced to twelfth-century Arabian games of horsemanship called "carosellos" or "little wars." The game consisted of riders tossing a small perfumed clay ball from one rider to another. By the 16th century these games spread to France where the events were elaborated; people wore fanciful costumes and engaged in tournaments of drama called "Carrousels." Eventually the art form became more tactile, as artists began to sculpt crudely shaped horses. In the late nineteenth century American artists broke from European tradition. To the dashing horses, artists added an entire menagerie of elegant animals, often accompanied by flowers, bells, plump cherubs, and flashing mirrors.

Le Carrousel in Bryant Park, specially created to complement the park's French classical style, is an homage to both European and American traditions. Its fourteen delightful animals, replicas of classic carousel creatures, revolve to the sounds of French cabaret music. The rounding boards, inspired by Bryant Park's elegant baroque-style torchères along 40th Street, blend into the leafy canopy of the park's plane trees.

Fabricon Carousel Company, whose artists designed and created Le Carrousel, was based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has hundreds of other installations as far away as China and as close as Riverbank State Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.