The world's oldest galloping carousel returns to La Ronde!



    Entirely renovated, this Montreal heritage gem will be reinstalled as a
    La Ronde feature attraction in May

    MONTREAL, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its 40th anniversary
celebrations, La Ronde, in collaboration with the head office of Six Flags, is
bringing back the renowned antique carousel.
    Constructed in Liège, Belgium in 1885, the carousel was bought by an
American group in 1964 to embellish the recreated historic Belgian village at
the New York World's Fair. In 1966, the Montreal World Exposition corporation
acquired the carousel in order to install it at Expo '67's Carrefour
international (international crossroads). The ride was located in three
different places between 1967 and 2002. During Expo '67, it was located in the
Carrefour international next to the Bavarian restaurant. In 1968, it was
relocated to Le Monde des petits (children's world) and it was last moved in
1984 to La Petite Ronde. In 2002, battered by the elements, the carousel was
removed from the site. Following numerous assessments, Six Flags decided to
return this heritage treasure to service. Six Flags president and CEO Mark
Shapiro is delighted with his firm's involvement in returning the antique
carousel - a major Montreal heritage symbol - to its place of prominence at
 La Ronde.
    Many times over the past years, La Ronde's management and Heritage
Montreal discussed restoring the antique carousel to its former glory. After
five years and an investment of more than $75M, Six Flags decided to repair
the ride, taking great care to maintain its yesteryear appearance.
    "We are proud to be celebrating this year the 40th anniversary of    
Expo '67 and La Ronde and are delighted that the park's management has taken
the initiative to give this architectural jewel back to Montrealers," said
Heritage Montreal's policy director Dino Bumbaru. "This object of great value
significantly contributes to Montreal's prestigious heritage."
    Extremely pleased to be able to offer Montrealers this grand ride, which
they will be able to admire in all its majesty, La Ronde's new president, Marc
Tremblay, enthusiastically announced the long-awaited return of this
one-of-a-kind apparatus and priceless world heritage object.
    "The fact that this type of carousel is unique in the world has
reinforced our desire to bring such a ride back into the spotlight,"
Mr. Tremblay said. "We will create a complete area in which the carousel will
take pride of place and a wooded garden will be laid out as an oasis of beauty
and rest. This choice location will enable visitors to discover the history of
the antique carousel," Mr. Tremblay added.
    The antique carousel's official reintroduction to the La Ronde site will
take place May 19.

    About Six Flags: Six Flags Inc. is the world's largest regional theme
park company. Owner of La Ronde, Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly-traded
corporation (NYSE:   SIX) headquartered in New York City.




For further information:

For further information: Nadia Goyer, Public Relations Manager, La Ronde
- Member of the Six Flags family, (514) 397-2001, ext. 2703,
ngoyer@laronde.com


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