Save A New Orleans Treasure: the City Park Carousel

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There are less than 100 hand-crafted, wooden carousels left in the entire country. City Park’s “Flying Horses” is arguably the most beautiful. Built in 1906, the attraction has been an anchor in City Park for generations. There are 54 carousel animals made with real horse hair and each one is unique.

It’s not cheap or easy maintaining and repairing a treasure so old and that’s why Friends of City Park have named the carousel the beneficiary for their annual fundraiser, Lark in the Park. The 32nd annual Lark in the Park will take place Friday March 14th, 2014. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

Executive Director of City Park for 25 years, Beau Bassich has seen the carousel bring smiles to hundreds of faces. His support and dedication is why the carousel remains in great condition. On any given day, you can find Bassich repairing the horses tales or checking on his sponsored horse whose leg was broken during the filming of 2013 crime thriller Now You See Me.

“We see kids, we see grandmas, they talk about the carousel. It does mean a lot,” says Bassich.

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