Children love going to the amusement park and trying out every ride that is there. Parents also love taking their children to amusement parks because it makes them so happy to watch their children enjoying all of the exciting rides. One of the all-time favorites when it comes to amusement park rides is the carousel.
The modern-day carousel that we see in amusement parks today originally came from the jousting traditions throughout the Middle East and Europe. This was an activity that required great skill and horsemanship. This activity included Knights from various countries galloping around in a circle while at the same time tossing a ball from one rider to the other.
The game was first produced during the time of the Crusades and the word carousel comes from a combination of a Spanish and Italian word that means little battle. This exercise of riding around was in preparation for the Knights going into a battle.
Soon the tradition was also being enjoyed by commoners as it sprung up across Europe at various fairgrounds. It is believed that Paris was first place that had an actual carousel that was primarily set up with handcrafted horses for children. During the long winter months many craftsman would build carousel horses. These courses were crafted beautifully and today we see many of them being offered as antiques to serious collectors.
When the weather warmed up, there would be a family of workers and carousel operators that would travel throughout Europe and set up their carousels. The early carousels did not have a platform but consisted of the wooden horses hanging from chains and being operated by a spinning mechanism that allowed the carousel horses to fly out by means of centrifugal force. The spinning mechanism was often powered by people or animals walking in a circle or by turning a crank.