Friday, April 30, 2010

Carousel returns for another spin at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 6:45 PM

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Chouval Bwa is both the name of this type of hand-cranked carousel and the music performed by a small orchestra of percussion, accordion, flute and kazoo players while it rotates. Chouval bwa means "wooden horse" in Creole French, and the carousels are native to Martinique. This particular carousel was restored in 1996 from the remains of an antique one - some wooden parts were replaced with an aluminum boat hull to make it more portable. The carnival entertainment first appeared at Jazz Fest in 2003. It returns this weekend and is set up on the lawn between the large infield food area and Congo Square.

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