Thousands took to the streets of Derry last night for the annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival.
Upwards of 30,000 revellers descended on the city for the world’s biggest Halloween party.
From early afternoon families of all ages were putting the final touches to their costumes and soaking up the unique atmosphere in the city centre.
As the Carnival Parade meandered through the city centre, onlookers watched as spirits, creatures and beings of The Other World joined them for their annual party through the streets of the city. The parade concluded with a stunning fireworks display over the River Foyle.
Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell praised all participants who took part saying: “The North West Carnival Initiative in association with Derry City Council have worked tremendously hard over the last number of months. Last night’s Carnival brought together seasoned Carnival participants together with local community and arts groups to bring a wonderful procession of luminous pageantry and live music through the city centre.
“Organisers and the inter-agency teams must be congratulated on pulling together a wonderfully inclusive programme where people were able to explore the city and its beautiful landscape and architecture whilst enjoying a fun and varied range of events.”
Elaine Griffin, Derry City Council’s programme organiser said that the events were exceptionally well attended over the five days.
“Since the Hallowe’en weekend, we have enjoyed a spectacular fashion with the Shapeshifters Catwalk in the Craft Village, where the world-renowned designer Wayne Hemmingway was simply blown away by the creativity of the participants. The Dragon Safari was also a huge hit of this year’s programme and the entertainment in St Columb’s Hall also drew massive crowds. The storytelling in the Workhouse museum, music in Waterloo place and the presence of the Guildhall Square’s Continental Market all added to a fantastic Hallowe’en experience. Plans have already begun for the 2013 celebrations which will give us the chance to showcase this Derry unique event to a worldwide audience.”
We’ll have loads more pics in tomorrow’s Derry Journal.