Call-out to help paint the town green for St Pat’s

One of the performers taking part in last year's St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry.
One of the performers taking part in last year's St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry.

Community groups and local people have been urged to help paint the town green by taking part in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Derry.

The St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival parade will see Derry City Council providing a range of support services, advice and assistance for those taking part.

Sharon Meenan, the Council’s Carnival Development Officer, said: “Carnival has loads of different roles and activities which suit all ages, skills and abilities and is a great way of bringing groups together to join in a shared celebration.

“The St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival attracts audiences of up to 15,000 people from far and wide and is a great opportunity to showcase the talents of your group.

“All you have to do is give me a shout to register details of your group.”

While resources are limited, event organisers said they are keen to maximise participation and put on a great show and are encouraging anyone interested in getting involved to contact the Council.

Sharon said: “For those seeking support to create carnival pieces or for costs such as transport, there is currently an open call for both community and carnival-based groups which closes on the 30th January.

“I would ask interested groups to get in touch before this date and I will be able to advise on how they can submit proposals or how we can directly help.”

The St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival Parade takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, 17 March, and is part of a wider programme of community and cultural events in the city.

To register interest, contact Sharon Meenan at 028 71365151 ext 6931 or email: sharon.meenan@derrycity.gov.uk.