Glen Echo Carousel Celebrates 100 Years

by Patrick Herron

Glen Echo Carousel Celebrates 100 Years

The Dentzel Carousel is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year and Glen Echo Park is hosting a series of special events on their website starting February 18th.

One of the featured events will be with Ilana Trachman, who’s upcoming documentary “There Aint No Back to a Merry-Go-Round” tells the story of how the Glen Echo Amusement Park became integrated in 1961. You can register for the event here.

Additional details about the February 18th launch event:

LIVE Carousel 100th Anniversary Launch Event!  |  February 18 at 12:30pm (approximately 20 minutes)

Join us on February 18 at 12:30 pm for a LIVE launch event to kick off the Carousel 100th Anniversary Celebration!  We will be live here on our website, on YouTube and on Facebook to tell you about the exciting activities and events we’ve planned for the months-long Carousel 100th Anniversary celebration.

We’ll be live from the carousel building with Emcee Liz Dapo from the Puppet Co. and her sidekick (you’ll see when you tune in!), as well as Glen Echo Park Partnership Executive Director Katey Boerner and Partnership Board President Bonnie Casper. We will also have special messages from Senator Chris VanHollen, Congressman Jamie Raskin, Maryland Delegate Marc Korman, Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson, and other special guests!

You will hear about what we have planned from February through September to celebrate our beloved carousel’s 100th birthday! Including virtual lectures on the history and restoration of the carousel, summer family weekend activities, social media contests, carousel anniversary merchandise, a fundraising campaign, and the premieres of three short films that will feature personal stories reflecting the unique and enduring role the carousel has played in the community for a century.



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