All systems go as Derry celebrates biggest ever Hallowe’en

Hallowe'en fireworks over Londonderry in 2013.

Hallowe'en fireworks over Londonderry in 2013.

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Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in the city centre tonight for the highlight of Derry’s biggest ever Hallowe’en festival.

Hundreds of local people and dozens of community groups will join troupes of expert performers at the Banks Of the Foyle City of Bones Parade through the city centre this evening.

Boney ballerinas, a 25ft high skeleton, and a 22ft long ghost ship will all feature at the event.

There will be a special focus on local haunted lore with around 500 street performers, dancers, singers and musicians taking part.

Large props will form the main centre-pieces of the parade based on the story of the Ghost of Captain Browning, who was killed as his ship the Mountjoy broke the boom across the River Foyle to end the Siege of Derry in 1689.

Walter, the skeleton depicted in the city’s Coat of Arms, will also make a larger than life appearance in the ‘Bone-Shakers’ Return’ section of the carnival parade along with a host of other ghoulish characters.

The parade will depart from Derry City Council offices, Strand Road at 7pm tonight. From there it will turn up Boating Club Lane and proceed along the Strand Road and around the Harbour Square Roundabout before returning back to the Queen’s Quay Car Park along the Queens Quay, where it will end at approximately 7.50pm

The parade will be followed by the annual Fireworks Display on the River Foyle, starting at 8pm.

The Hallowe’en festivities will continue on through tonight with Hallowe’en Balls and themed fancy dress entertainment at pubs and clubs and other venues throughout the city.

And there will be a number of family events continuing on through the weekend, including the Awakening of the Walls Citadel of Dreams, Chateau le Fear, the Freaky Funfair and the Mayor’s Family Funday at the Guildhall on Sunday. For more info check out: www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween.