Derry is preparing for a kaleidoscope of colour and culture for its annual St Patrick’s Day activities that take place on Tuesday.
Mayor Councillor Brenda Stevenson told the Derry Journal that she is looking forward to the big day.
“This year’s events will be fantastic with something for everyone and a real focus on family friendly activities. The Carnival Parade this year embodies our city’s diversity and culture as a host of community, arts and performance groups have come together for the ‘kaleidoscope of curiosity’ theme celebrations, while the Guildhall Square will be a hive of activity with free, family fun entertainment as part of the Mayor’s Family Dun Day. All in all, it promises to be a fantastic family occasion for everyone to enjoy,” said the Mayor.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Curious Carnival, will take centre stage departing at the Derry City Council car park at 2.30pm.
The boy explorer, a 15ft high, eight year-old boy, will lead this year’s parade with a cast of explorers, performers and mythical creatures. The Curious Carnival has been organised by carnival artists, groups and various schools from across the city including: Macnas, In Your Space, North West Carnival Initiative, Greater Shantallow Community Arts and Bluebell Arts Project.
The parade will commence at Queen’s Quay car park and travel over Boating Club Lane towards the Strand Road; turn left towards the City Hotel, moving along Queen’s Quay before returning to the Derry City Council Car Park. The parade is free to attend and can be viewed from any point along the route.
Motorists travelling to the city this Tuesday are reminded to prepare for some delays and disruptions and to allow extra time when planning journeys to and from the city centre, to ensure a fun and safe day for all attending. There will be ample parking around the city centre but the public are strongly advised to use public transport where possible.