Welcome to the Carousel of Friendship
Please do not get on or off until the ride has come to a complete stop.Thank you and have a wonderful time!
My name is Margaret Franklin and I have Asperger's Syndrome. I also have a lifelong interestin carousels. It has been my dream for as long as I can remember to create one of my own for the public to enjoy.My idea for the Autism Awareness Carousel became public in November of 2008, combiningmy two major interests in life, carousels and helping to educate the public about people on theautism spectrum and create a project to improve the quality of the lives of everyone involved.In the fall of 2010 I decided to change the name of my project to The Carousel of Friendshipbecause:A. Not everyone on the autism spectrum is interested in carouselsB. Participants don't have to have autism to participate.Even though people on the autism spectrum have been the driving force and inspiration tothis project, The Carousel of Friendship is open and welcome to everyone, regardless of ageor ability. It is a community project that invites the neighbourhood, and in fact even the wholeworld, to share their creative talents.
The History of Carousels
Nobody really knows for sure when the first carousel was actually invented. Byzantine cavepaintings reveal pictures of people in early spinning bucket rides. But it was during the reignof King Louis in France during the 1700's that the carousel caught on as a piece of trainingequipment for the knights in their equestrian events.The name “carousel” comes from the word “carousello” which is Spanish for “Little War”.During the event of “Carousel” riders would ride at high speeds toward each other and throwhollow clay balls filled with perfume. The idea was to catch the ball carefully as not to getsplattered. The sport then evolved to allow riders to use a sword or a lance to spear asuspended ring. Revolving platforms with crude wooden horses started popping upeverywhere so both the wealthy and eventually commoners could take part in this sport.Early carousels were usually pushed by a servant. Then the hand-cranked mechanism was