Paragon Carousel to open Easter weekend

Hull’s famed Paragon Carousel is opening for its 88th season on Easter weekend and will stay open on weekends until the regular daily hours begin on June 18, according to general manager Patricia Abbate.

The Easter Bunny will be available for photos at the carousel on Saturday, March 26, from noon to 3 p.m. The annual Easter Egg Dash will start the following day at 12:30 p.m., when the public is invited to gather 2,500 treat-filled plastic eggs scattered on the carousel lawn.

Over the winter, restoration artist James Hardison has been restoring some of the carousel’s 66 wooden horses, Abbate said.


“Magic Max” – named for the grandson of the man who paid for the $10,000 restoration – was stripped down to its original pigment color of black and gray, and repaired and repainted with lots of gilding, she said.

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Hardison is now working on the damaged horses that pull one of the two Roman chariots on the carousel, she said.

Built in 1928 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Co., the Paragon Carousel is one of fewer than 100 “grand” carousels remaining in the country and the last remaining attraction from the storied Paragon Park amusement park that closed in 1985.

Abbate said that about 100,000 people ride the carousel annually, and go to the adjacent ice-cream stand and museum, which are operated by the Friends of the Paragon Carousel.

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