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Sitting atop a skunk, Stella Brunger, a month shy of 3 years old, bounced and giggled throughout her first ride on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Carousel, which had its inaugural spin Saturday morning.
“Stella, what do you say on the carousel?” asked her father, James Brunger of Waltham. “Do you say, ‘Yee-haw, giddyup?’ ”
Stella, swaying in a red-and-white striped dress, laughed and shyly clung closer to her mother, Sarah Frenette.
“As long as it goes up and down, she doesn’t care,” her father said. “She loves carousels.”
The carousel, designed and built over three years by Newburyport sculptor Jeff Briggs, has 14 different types of creatures — including butterflies, owls, a grasshopper, a squirrel, and a right whale — and seats 36 riders.