Derry goes totally nuts for Hallowe’en

FIreworks explode over the River Foyle in Derry on Hallowe'en night as the city celebrated the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown Inpresspics.com.
FIreworks explode over the River Foyle in Derry on Hallowe'en night as the city celebrated the annual Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown Inpresspics.com.
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Upwards of 30,000 people are expected to descend on the city this week to soak up the city’s unique Hallowe’en celebrations.

Thousands will be in Derry on Wednesday evening to watch the spectacular Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival which starts from the Council Car Park at 7pm.

The parade will travel along the Strand Road, turn left towards the City Hotel, around Harbour Square Roundabout and return to the Council car park along Queen’s Quay at approximately 7.45pm.

The River Foyle will then become the perfect backdrop to the stunning annual fireworks display at 8pm.

Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell says he is looking forward to an enjoyable and safe Halloween.

“The city is still buzzing after the launch of our City of Culture programme last week and I have a feeling that the positive momentum will carry through to our favourite festival,” he said. “This year’s celebration promises to be bigger and better than ever, and it gives us all the opportunity to join together and extend a warm welcome to our city, and showcase our famous craic and hospitality at its best.”

In order to accommodate the crowds and the safe passage of the Carnival parade, several road and lane closures will start to come into effect from approximately 6 pm. Roads affected by temporary traffic restrictions during the evening will include the Strand Road, Queen’s Quay and Foyle Embankment. Alternative diversion routes will be available during these times.

St Columb’s Road will also be closed to traffic from 3 pm, except to drivers who have been issued with passes. The DRD car park on Queen’s Quay will also be closed to the public on Wednesday, except for disabled car parking.

Numbers on the Peace Bridge will be limited and it may be necessary to close the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists for a period (from 5.30pm) once a safe capacity has been reached on Wednesday evening.