Even more for the ride itself, the carousel is famous for its own brass band, which assures the acoustic entertainment of the riders.
For many, the Krinoline is the epitome of the classic Oktoberfest ride, even though, it’s by far not the oldest Oktoberfest ride. It’s the fact, that it has its own traditional brass band, which made it so famous. Until 1937, the carousel was driven by man-power. While other carousels were, of course, electrified, there was no type of engine, which could be used for powering the swing movement of the ride. Luckily, owner Michael Großmann was able to electrify the Krinoline as well in 1937, before it became unprofitable.
But it wasn’t only for the patented drive, that made the Krinoline survive until today. May its unusual movement have been sufficient to impress the crowds in the early 20th century, it wasn’t in the 30s. Großmann signed a brass band in 1939 for the first time, which was already back then – surrounded by the organs of the other showmen – an extravagance, and is even more so today.
Today, Matthias Niederländer and his wife Helene run the ride in the fourth generation. They another twist to assure its popularity: Every year, they invite additional bands to play a few hours.