Fête Paradiso is the world’s first traveling festival of vintage carnival rides and carousels, wich will make its American debut on Governors Island in New York City. The rare, museum-quality collection includes a diverse array of attractions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as carousels, flying swings and a pipe organ.
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 filmMidnight in Paris.) Fête Paradiso will also include 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.
- Opening: July 2013
- Location: governors island, Nolan Park, New-York City, USA
- Area: 3000 m2
- Production: Community - Tristan Duval