City Park’s Carousel is a Treasure

This photo was taken in the wee hours of early morning at the Carousel in City Park…all the animals were waking up!


Built in 1906, the Carousel is over 100 years old making it a true antique. There are fewer than 100 fully-wooden hand-carved Carousels in the country.


Locals call City Park’s Carousel animals the “Flying Horses”.  There are 54 carousel animals including a giraffe, a lion, and a camel. The horses have real horse hair tails. Each animal is unique and well loved by everyone who visits.


The Carousel is available for parties of all kinds! You can ride the Carousel when Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is open for business. Hours vary throughout the year. Currently, you can ride the Carousel and all the Amusement Park rides while at Celebration in the Oaks. Learn more at this link about how Friends of City Park is making the Carousel the center of Lark in the Park 2014



Fall is here! Almost…

Submitted by Rodney Thoulion, Executive Director of Friends of City Park

Fall is a magical time in City Park!  There is so much going on: Fall Garden Festival, the Scarecrow Trail, and Ghosts in the Oaks – just to name a few of the premier events of City Park.  And how can we forget the Voodoo Music + Art Experience.

With the change of the weather, the falling leaves bring to mind the change of the seasons that reflect the changes in our own lives.

Many times sit in City Park and think about the memories of times in City Park that I have shared with loved ones who are no longer with me. I also often try to recreate what the Park must have been like for my grandparents and ancestors who were here many years ago.  I think of the many people who sacrificed themselves to build this Park for our enjoyment.

I look around and see the treasurers of the Park both old and new and wonder what our predecessors would think of City Park today.  When I look around I see a wonderful blend of a by-gone era peppered with new attractions that brings new life. The Stanley Ray Playground next to Popp Bandstand or Morning Call moving into the Casino Building (built in 1912) are great examples of this. 

Life around City Park may slow with the Fall and Winder seasons, but it never quite dies.  There is always something going on  and something around the corner. We’re so lucky to be here in this Park right now! Image

What is a friend?

What is a Friend? 

Typically a friend is someone who has a mutual bond and supports another through good times and bad times. 

Friends of City Park and New Orleans City Park have shared that special bond since 1979.  Since that time the Friends organization has raised millions of dollars for many City Park capital improvements. Some of the donations have recently gone towards renovation of the Peristyle and helped construct the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain. Most recently Friends of City Park has helped City Putt open – and man, is it a popular place!

Did you know: The first project Friends of City Park embarked upon was raising funds to hire the first ever New Orleans Botanical Garden Director, Paul Soniat, and to construct a fence around the Botanical Garden. That same fence still stands and Paul is still with the Park today!

Rodney Thoulion

Executive Director of Friends of City Park 

Image Pictured is the sign at the start of the Friends of City Park sponsored hole at City Putt.