VIDEO - Derry’s Hallowe’en ‘extravaganza’

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The Mayor of Derry has described this year’s Hallowe’en carnival parade as the “greatest the city has ever seen”.

Colr. Brenda Stevenson was beaming with pride on the banks of the Foyle on Friday night and she also found time to get in on the act herself by dressing up as a witch.

Skeletons enjoying the Hallowe'en Banks of the Foyle Festival in Derry on Friday. Photo: Jim McCafferty

Skeletons enjoying the Hallowe'en Banks of the Foyle Festival in Derry on Friday. Photo: Jim McCafferty

“I am so proud of Derry/Londonderry tonight - I think it’s the greatest Hallowe’en festival the city has ever seen. The fireworks display, the carnival parade and the atmosphere is top class.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the carnival parade - this would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the dedication from so many community groups and volunteers throughout the city.

“I didn’t need too much convincing but I was a wee bit scared because some people think I am scary enough as it is,” joked the Mayor.

People travelled from America, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Inishowen, Armagh and Holywood in Co. Down to sample Derry’s unique Hallowe’en celebrations.

BIG SCARY WITCH!. . . .No!, it's Derry's Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson! DER4414MC119

BIG SCARY WITCH!. . . .No!, it's Derry's Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson! DER4414MC119

One group of tourists from Belfast said it was their first time in Derry for Hallowe’en but added that it would not be their last.

“We’ll definitely be back again next year. The atmosphere in Derry electric, the people of the city are so lucky to have this on their doorstep every year. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

More video footage of the fireworks display and the Hallowe’en carnival parade to follow.