Step right up to the Macy’s Flower Show!
The 43th annual event, open now through April 9, has created a literal carnival atmosphere inside the Herald Square department store. The classic Coney Island-style decor has 5,000 flowers blooming out of a giant carousel, a Ferris wheel, bumper cars and even a mermaid horse from an undersea carousel.
And because every turn-of-the-century carnival must have a sideshow, there’s a whole planter of Oddities like the bat flower whose blooms look like wings, and another that thrives in oxygen-free bogs. (Insert your punchline here.)
Alas, Macy’s has done away with one of the best parts of the show, the Bouquet of the Day, whichstirred up a bit of controversylast year with an “America the Beautiful” motif that featured gold-painted guns and beer cans. Have a look around in our gallery, and check out some of the classes, talks and otherspecial eventsgoing on during the festival.
If you’d like to check out a real carnival, Coney Island opens for the season on April 8.