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It started out as a normal ride at the Bryant Park carousel in Midtown Manhattan. Eager children boarded ornate rabbits, frogs, and, of course, horses. Until a grown jockey wearing bright bright pink and green silks saddled up next to them. Then, a trumpeter sounded the call to the post and announcers sitting nearby shouted, “And they’re off!” into their mics.

The 143rd running of the Bryant Park Stakes is the work of New York City–based comedy group Improv Everywhere, a self-described “prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.”

According to Improv Everywhere:

A single jockey was joined by two announcers, a roaring crowd, and a trumpeter. The children on the carousel had no idea what was going on. The mission took place at Le Carrousel in New York’s Bryant Park.

Watch the second part of the stunt below:

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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