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.

Le Carrousel Birthday Parties

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  • January
  • Sunday-Thursday: 11am–9pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 11am–10pm
  • February
  • Thursday – Sunday: 11am–6pm
  • March – May
  • Daily: 11am–7pm
  • June – October
  • Daily: 11am–8pm
  • November – December
  • Sunday-Thursday: 11am–9pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 11am–10pm
  • 2014 Holiday Hours
  • Thanksgiving Day, November 27: 9am–10pm
  • Christmas Eve, December 24: 10am–6pm
  • Christmas, December 25: 10am–6pm
  • Holiday Recess, December 26 – December 30: 10am–10pm
  • New Year's Eve, December 31: 10am–6pm
  • New Year's Day, January 1: 10am–6pm

All hours weather permitting.


  • One ride: $3.00
  • Parents assisting children unable to ride solo will not be charged
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