VIDEO: Celtic colours on display at Parade Of Nations

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Derry’s Pan Celtic Festival came to a colourful climax as the various countries taking part staged a Parade of Nations through the city centre this weekend.

The parade moved off from the Verbal Arts Centre at 1pm on Saturday and wound its way around the Diamond before descending down Shipquay Street down round the quay and into Guildhall Sqaure, where the celebrations continued throughout the afternoon.

The parade arriving down Shipquay Street yesterday

The parade arriving down Shipquay Street yesterday

Flags representing each of the Celtic nations of Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Ireland were held aloft as bands and singers provided the soundtrack to the event.

The Armagh Mummers proved a big hit with spectators as they danced and jingled their way along in robes and straw head dresses.

Arwel Roberts, President of the Pan Celtic Festival, said the evening, which has been running in Derry throughout this week, has been a great success.

Mr Roberts said: “It’s been a wonderful welcome here in the city of Derry. I must say the weather has been on our side, the competitions have been of a very high standard and I’m very pleased to be the President of the Pan Celtic this year, representing Cymru of course.”

The Armagh Mummers followed by the Cymru contigent.

The Armagh Mummers followed by the Cymru contigent.

The 2015 festival- which was the 44th annual event- was organised by Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin with support from Derry City Council Legacy programme, with competitions held throughout the week.

Irish band leading the Pan Celtic Festival Parade of Nations down Bishop Street.

Irish band leading the Pan Celtic Festival Parade of Nations down Bishop Street.

The Scottish contigent bringinhg up the rear at the parade.

The Scottish contigent bringinhg up the rear at the parade.