“The extraordinary festival of artisan-crafted, vintage carousels and carnival rides—like a French film miraculously come to life—is the first of its kind to appear in the United States. Among the attractions, which come from the collections of Francis Staub and Regis Masclet, is a bicycle carousel from the late 19th century—one of only two in the world that were created in Paris to encourage the use of what was then the new mode of transportation, the bicycle (the only other bicycle carousel can be seen in the feature film Midnight in Paris). Fête Paradiso…also include(s) an early 20th century Music-Hall Ball Guzzler, a carnival game that features life-size caricatures of Josephine Baker, Charlie Chaplin and other celebrities of the time. To further enhance the nostalgic, dreamlike experience, a bumper car pavilion from 1900 has been transformed into a beer garden and special event space, and food reminiscent of a French carnival will be served by New York’s legendary French bistro Le Gamin. In addition, a 1930 children’s carousel has been repurposed into a music kiosk, where performers will entertain visitors with period music and side show performances to heighten the Fellini-inspired environment.“
Fête Paradiso is open to the public every weekend through Sunday, September 29 from 1030AM to 630PM, so, if you live in New York or plan on visiting soon, get thee to the carnival. Note that, though the island itself is open from 10AM to 7PM, the first ferry from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 doesn’t leave until 11AM. Full ferry listings here.
Below, various shots of the rides and games at the Fête and a quick video of us riding the bicycle carousel with our friends, Thad + Agatha.