Over 600 members of local community groups are working their magic on some spectacular carnival costumes and props to wow the crowds at this year’s St Patrick’s Spring Festival Parade.
Glee21, Pilot’s Row Youth Club and the House in the Wells have all been busy painting shamrocks, making shields and cutting out costumes at a workshop in the Pilots Row Centre under the supervision of veteran Carnival Art Facilitator Caroline Devenney.
Caroline thinks that this year’s theme of Music, Myth and Magic will be more impressive than ever and will hold a few surprises for the crowds.
“I think the children are going to love the carnival this year, especially one particular creation. It’s going to look spectacular, and I would encourage everyone to come along and support all the groups who have put in so much hard work,” she said.
The carnival parade will leave Queen’s Quay carpark at 2.30pm on Monday March 17, following the traditional route up the Strand Road before returning via the Quay to its starting point.
As well as the traditional parade, Derry City Council will be staging a special three day St Patrick’s extravaganza running from March 15-17.
The LegenDerry Food Festival will be welcoming some familiar faces to its galley kitchen for a feast of festival fun with top chefs Rachel Allen, Neven Maguire, Ian Orr, Paula McIntyre and Brian McDermott all cooking up a storm.
For three days the city centre will be filled with music with the addition of the Trad Triangle, a special celebration of Irish traditional music on three city centre stages.
For more information go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/stpatricksday