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A Magical Menagerie – SDRVC & Friends of Balboa Park
June 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
SDRVC and the Friends of Balboa Park have a lot in common.
We both have a mission to save animals! In the case of the Friends of Balboa Park, it is the beautiful, historic menagerie carousel at Balboa Park.
Join us at the Del Mar Town Hall for a presentation on the captivating history and exciting future of this San Diego treasure!
Here are some fun facts:
All the animals on our carousel are original, as are the hand-painted murals, the band organ and the brass ring game. All the animals are decorated with fanciful designs. Only our pair of frogs wears clothes. They are wearing tuxedos (one red, one yellow), starched white shirt fronts and bow ties.
There are only 12 known remaining operating brass ring games on carousels in North America, where once there were thousands.
The origins of carousels date back at least 900 years. They are descended from war games devised by Turkish and Arabian horsemen in the 12th century. These games were carried to France by Crusaders in the 13th century and then to England and on to North America in the late 1800s.