May 1, 2007
Montreal -- La Ronde announced that restoration of the world's oldest galloping carousel is going full speed ahead and that no efforts are being spared so that the famous ride is once again operational on opening day of the park's 2007 season Saturday, May 19.
As part of its 40th anniversary, La Ronde, together with the head office of Six Flags, is giving new life to the celebrated antique carousel. Phase one work has been done early this spring. The carousel will be installed on a system of rails attached to a concrete foundation. A roof has also been built to protect the ride from inclement weather and preserve it in all its splendor.
Reconditioned by the firm Magic Carousel, world renowned for excellence in restoring carousels, the ride's various parts are slated to start arriving in La Ronde this week. Assembly work will then begin with the erecting of the mechanical components, to which will be added the architectural parts, including the horses and gondolas, and, lastly, the decorative pieces such as the cornice, frieze and ceiling.
Six Flags says they're spending more than a $1 million on the restoration of the carousel that was built in 1885 by Belgian craftsmen.
Festivities surrounding the return of Le Galopant will take place at La Ronde on May 19 to May 21. You can also visit La Ronde's web site at www.laronde.com to learn more about the ride's restoration and view the various photos of the work in progress.
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