Saturday, January 4, 2014

Worth Your Whirl: 10 Great Carousels-- Part 1

From the August 30, 2013, USA Today "10 Great Places: These carousels are worth your whirl" by Larry Bleiberg. //// Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International which operates the B&B Carousell (the historic spelling) at Luna Park in Coney Island shares his favorites. 1. SAN FRANCISCO CAROUSEL, CALIFORNIA-- Crafted in Italy and now at Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. Features hand-painted landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Chinatown and lit by 1,800 LED lights. //// 2. SMITHSONIAN CAROUSEL, WASHINGTON, D.C. Built in 1947 and played a role in the Civil Rights Movement when it operated at a segregated Maryland amusement park which opened to blacks on the day of the March on Washington, fifty years ago. An 11-month-old girl desegregated the park when she rode the carousel that morning. The merry-go-round arrived at the Smithsonian in 1981. //// Round and Round We Go. --RoadDog

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