Derry St Patrick’s Day: Hundreds expected for big carnival

Simon Byrne pictured during a St. Patrick's Day carnival workshop in the Foyle Sign Language Centre. Picture Martin McKeown.

Simon Byrne pictured during a St. Patrick's Day carnival workshop in the Foyle Sign Language Centre. Picture Martin McKeown.

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Over 600 performers will be taking to the streets of Derry tomorrow for a Spring Carnival spectacular to remember.

To accommodate the huge numbers expected on the day a number of traffic restrictions have been put in place to ensure people’s safety and to help minimise 

Festival goers should note that the Spring Carnival Parade will leave the Queen’s Quay carpark at 2.30pm, turning up Boating Club Lane before proceeding along the Strand Road. It will filter around the Harbour Square Roundabout before returning to the Car Park via Queen’s Quay, where it will finish at 
approximately 3.30pm.

Viewing is allowed along the entire route, and an accessible, elevated viewing platform will be located opposite the City Hotel. Anyone hoping to avail of the platform facility should arrive early to secure a place.

In the interests of safety there will be lane closures in operation along the Strand Road and Foyle Embankment in advance of the parade. The Strand Road lane closure in front of the Council Offices will operate between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. The Foyle Embankment lane closure, on the city bound approach to Water Street, will be operational from 2.20pm until 3.45pm approximately.

Strand Road, Harbour Square, Queen’s Quay, Whittaker Street and the Foyle Embankment, between Water Street and the City Hotel, will be closed to traffic during the parade between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Diversions will be in operation during these times.

There are currently no plans to restrict access over the Peace Bridge, however crowd movement over the bridge will be monitored, and if necessary controls will be introduced which may result in slight delays in 
crossing the bridge.

Ample car parking spaces are available in the area of the parade. Foyleside Car Park East and West are open until 7pm and Quayside Shopping Centre remains open until 9.15pm. DRD Car Parks available include: Victoria Market, Strand Road, Bishop Street, Society Street, Carlisle Road, William Street, Foyle Street, Foyle Road 
and Spencer Road. There will be restricted access to parking at the rear of DRD’s Strand Road Carpark, which will be reserved for Blue Badge holders to enable vehicle bound persons to view the parade.