is an amusement ride
consisting of a rotating
platform with seats for passengers. The "seats" are traditionally
in the form of wooden horses
or animals, which are often moved mechanically up and down to simulate galloping
. This leads to one of the machine
's alternative names; "the galloper". Other popular names are "merry-go-rounds", "roundabouts" and "flying horses". Usually, music is looped while the rides spins.
Although modern carousels are mainly populated with horses, carousels from earlier periods frequently included diverse varieties of animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, and deer, to name a few.