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Vintage French family festival on Governors Island

Fete Paradiso, a festival of French-inspired vintage carousels

FĂȘte Paradiso, a festival of French-inspired vintage carousels and carnival rides, will take place on Governors Island from July 13-Sept. 29, 2013. (Credit: Handout)

Vintage carousels. French-inspired carnival rides. Parisian street fair sweets and eats. If you're heading into Manhattan with the family this summer, you may want to check out Fete Paradiso fair.

The first festival of vintage French carnival rides and carousels will debut tomorrow on Governors Island. The museum-quality collection of Fete Paradiso includes attractions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries featuring carousels, flying swings and a pipe organ.

Kids and adults alike can ride and enjoy a bicycle carousel from the late 19th century -- one of two in the world that were created in Paris to encourage the use of a bicycle as transportation. You'll also see an early 20th century Music-Hall Ball Guzzler, a carnival game that features life-size caricatures of Josephine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Charlie Chaplin, the Fratellini Brothers and more.


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There will also be a bumper car pavilion from 1900 that has been transformed into a beer garden and special event space. A 1930 children's carousel has been transformed for musical entertainment, performers and more.

Fete Paradiso is open every Saturday and Sunday through September 29 from 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; rides and games are $3 each. Free ferries will also be available to Governors Island from Manhattan and Brooklyn.

For more information, visit FeteParadiso.com.

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