Vintage Carnival Festival Coming to the Big Apple
Visitors to New York City can experience a vintage Parisian carnival this summer.
Fete Paradiso is coming to Governors Island July 13. Every weekend through Sept. 29, the public can ride French artisan-created carousels and carnival rides dating from 1850 to 1950.
It's the first time the attractions are being shown outside France. French businessman Francis Staub purchased them at a 2011 auction in Paris.
Highlights include a bicycle carousel, one of only two in the world created to encourage a relatively new mode of transportation in the late 1800s - the bicycle.
Other attractions include the Music-Hall Ball Guzzler, a game featuring life-size caricatures of Charlie Chaplin and other celebrities of a bygone era.
There's also a 1930 children's carousel repurposed as a kiosk for performances and period music.