IN PICS - Derry celebrates St Patrick’s Day

More than 15,000 people took to the streets of Derry yesterday to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

The city’s Mayor, Kevin Campbell, said the carnival was “an amazing sight”. He paid tribute to all involved for a “glorious weekend of creativity, sound and spectacular sights.”

St Patrick waves to the crowds in Derry on Sunday. (1803SL73)

St Patrick waves to the crowds in Derry on Sunday. (1803SL73)

“What an amazing sight we had here in the heart of the City of Culture today with a vibrant and tangible atmosphere to match. The creativity of the costumes and floats was outstanding and the turnout to watch the parade and enjoy the activity in Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place was fantastic.”

Taking the opportunity to thank all the groups and facilitators and the North West Carnival Initiative for an excellent event, the Mayor continued. “This Spring Carnival brings together a range organizations and volunteers representing the North West and beyond from different spectrums of culture and tradition. It was a great experience to be part of the celebrations and support the St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival”.

The best in local talent including Ard Rí and The Clemeens, along with traditional bands and dance groups Sontas and Dolphin School of Dance thrilled crowds at the day long live music event in the Guildhall Square, where Walled City Market and Art and Crafts marquee ensured entertainment for everyone.

The Tower Museum and Craft Village played host to events throughout the day while Waterloo place added another location for visitors and locals alike to enjoy festivities. Weekend events also included a range of initiatives in Guildhall Square to mark Lá na Gaeilge.

Get tomorrow’s ‘Journal’ for lots more pics from across the north west.