City gears up for St Patrick’s Day festival

The Mayor of Derry Ald. Maurice Devenney helps to launch the St Patrick's Day Spring Carnival with, from left, Oliver Green, Greater Shantallow Community Arts, Brendan McMenamin, Derry City Council, and Sharon Meenan, North West Carnival Initiative. (0203PG80)
The Mayor of Derry Ald. Maurice Devenney helps to launch the St Patrick's Day Spring Carnival with, from left, Oliver Green, Greater Shantallow Community Arts, Brendan McMenamin, Derry City Council, and Sharon Meenan, North West Carnival Initiative. (0203PG80)
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Plans for Derry City Council’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations were launched this week and include live music events, song and dance, and the carnival parade.

The programme of events was launched by the Mayor of Derry, alderman Maurice Devenney, who said the theme of this year’s events is ‘Voyage of Discovery.

“The focus on 2012 is to provide a family programme around the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, alongside which there will be events planned at the start of March onwards designed to bring fun, music and a sense of community. The highlight will be on the Saturday itself, when the city will come alive with the sound of music and the spectacle of the themed Carnival,” he said.

More than 900 participants from 90 community groups are set to take part in the event, which will culminate in the carnival parade involving colourful floats representing Derry’s maritime history.

The Carnival will leave the Council car park at 2.30pm where it will meander its way through the city, offering a trail of music and events, guided by majestic walk-about performers who will entertain as you and the family enjoy the fun and festivities, celebration and magical sights along the way.

The Guildhall square will offer live music from 12.30pm with children’s entertainment including face-painters, balloon modellers and a themed magic show. The Walled City Market will be present providing a speciality retail and food experience.

The Big Screen in Waterloo Place and will show the Ireland V England Six Nations rugby match.

A range of Irish language events will also tale place to mark Seachtain na Gaelige.