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Derry ready for St Patrick’s day

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly, pictured with Eimear Hone, Events Department, Derry City Council at the launch of the St Patrick's Day celebrations. DER1014SL015

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly, pictured with Eimear Hone, Events Department, Derry City Council at the launch of the St Patrick's Day celebrations. DER1014SL015

More than 600 performers will take to the streets of Derry to celebrate St Patrick’s day.

Organisers say this year’s celebrations - that includes a food festival, a weekend of live music, as well as the annual parade - will be a “Spring Carnival spectacular to remember.”

The Spring Carnival Parade will leave the Queen’s Quay carpark at 2.30pm on Monday, turning up Boating Club Lane before proceeding along the Strand Road before returning to the Car Park via Queen’s Quay.

Ahead of Monday’s parade, a trio of city centre stages will host the very best in trad music this weekend .

Manran, Sontas, The McSherry and O’Connor Trio and Teknopeasant are among the names that will play the Trad Triangle - a Music City Legacy programme by An Cultúrlann - which will see three stages set up in the city centre at Waterloo Place, the Craft Village and New Market Street.

“As we focus on delivering our Music City 2014 programme as part of the three year legacy promise from 2013, it is great that Derry-Londonderry will fulfill its namesake as a city of music this weekend,” Derry’s Mayor Martin Reilly said.

“I would encourage all of you to come into the city over the three days and experience these live music events.” he said.

The Trad triangle runs from 1pm-7pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Meanwhile also on Sunday local rising bands The Clammens and Plantin will join a host of perfomers and DJs on stage at St Columb’s Hall at the Foyle Youth Councils’ Pub- Zero event which kicks off at 7:30pm.

A host of additional events are set to take place at the St Patricks Day Festival over the course of the weekend including the LegenDerry Food Festival, GO Green campaign, Magic Story Telling Garden at Ebrington.

For more information on all the events taking place visit www.derrycity.gov.uk/stpatricksday or www.whatsonderrylondonderry.com. Traffic info is also online at derryjournal.com

 

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