RYE, N.Y. -- The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Grand Carousel will kick off Playland Amusement Park's 2015 season in Rye on Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m., according to an announcement by County Executive Rob Astorino.
“The grand carousel, which consists of 66 stunning, bejeweled horses and three chariots, was built in 1915,” Astorino said. “Thanks to the great care given to this beautiful ride, and all the other historic rides in the park over generations of use, the carousel still shines as we kick off our 2015 season.”
Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7 p.m. Admissions go on sale at 11 a.m. Rides will open at noon.
The celebration begins with strolling entertainment at the Fountain Plaza at 11 a.m., followed by the traditional parade with the Port Chester High School Marching Band accompanied by County Executive Astorino and other local dignitaries, staff and Playland’s mascot Coaster the Dragon.
Grab a seat in front of the Music Tower Theater stage to hear the band Reunion perform hit sounds from the ‘50s,’60s and ‘70s at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
“Erik’s Reptile Edventures” will educate and entertain the crowd with animal ambassadors, featuring Wally the five-foot- long American alligator. Shows take place in Kiddyland and at the Music Tower Theater stage; show times will be posted in the park. Playland’s Kiddyland DJ will also entertain with the “Play it DJ” show in four performances at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Kids will move, groove and be smooth as our DJ plays their favorite dance tunes. In addition, Bubbles, Magic and Science will amaze attendees with shows at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Playland’s pre-season scheduled is noon to 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season’s schedule go to RyePlayland.org or call the park at (914) 813-7000 .
Rain date for opening day is Saturday, May 16.