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Discover the carousel tradition in Rosario

Did you know that Argentina’s first carousel factory was founded in Rosario? The picturesque carousel alternatives for children throughout the city reveal this tradition.

Where to find them
Many of these iconic carousels, better known in Rosario by the name of calesitas in Spanish, can be found in open spaces along the coast or in parks. You can find some of them at: 
- Urquiza Park (Chacabuco St. 1400): this was the first carousel constructed by the Dalmasso family 30 years ago.
- National Flag Park (Belgrano Ave. and Buenos Aires St.): this is one of the biggest carousels in the city.
- Sunchales Park (Belgrano Ave. 2200, near the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rosario).
- Alem Park (Arturo Frondizi St. 351).
- López Square (Pellegrini Ave. 700): this carousel has been in operation since 1955, and it was made by the Sequalino family.
- Independence Park (Pellegrini Ave. and Pueyrredón St.).
- Yrigoyen Park (Alem St. and Virasoro St.).
Small square at San Martín Ave. and Saavedra: constructed in 1939 by the Sequalino family, this is the oldest carousel in the city. 
Northern area, in Alberdi Square (Rondeau Ave. and Herrera St.).
- Plataforma Lavardén (Sarmiento St. 1201): you’ll be surprised by this small indoor carousel.

Operation Days & Hours
Generally, carousels open on weekends. During the winter holidays, most of them open every day between 2.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Others, like the ones at Urquiza and Sunchales Parks, open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Rosario, home of carousels
Argentina’s first carousel factory was founded in Rosario. It was toward the end of the 1930s when the Sequalino family, until then devoted to artistic blacksmithing, ventured into the artisanal manufacture of a carousel, giving rise to a long-established tradition that continues to the present.
The Sequalino Brothers’ carousels reached several Argentine provinces and they were even exported to neighboring countries such as Bolivia and Paraguay. At the end of the 80s, the factory closed down, but the Dalmasso family continued the tradition. Under the Dino firm, they’ve been manufacturing carousels for more than 30 years. 
Today, it is possible to enjoy dozens of carousels around the city thanks to this fruitful tradition started by the Sequalino family.

Types of carousels
There are two types of carousels. While one type has static figures, the other has upward and downward movement that simulates the gallop of horses, becoming children’s favorite.
It is a fun and safe game that brings a smile to every child’s face.

 

Address: BRIGADIER LOPEZ y SUIPACHA, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Entry: Gratis
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