Derry Halloween: Local people wanted for Halloween parade

The Ghost of Captain Browning and his crew, performed by the Londonderry Musical Society on Friday night during the Hallowe'en festivities. DER4414MC154
The Ghost of Captain Browning and his crew, performed by the Londonderry Musical Society on Friday night during the Hallowe'en festivities. DER4414MC154
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The North West Carnival Initiative Board is appealing to participants from drama, performance, dance groups, Arts and community groups, schools, youth groups, students and individuals to join in this year’s Hallowe’en parade.

Participants will learn new skills and with audiences of over 15,000 people, show off their creativity and have the buzz of being part of what promises to be a fabulous spectacle.

This year’s parade is expected to be the biggest and best Hallowe’en parade ever seen in the city.

This year’s theme is the Rise of the River Gods.

The story begins as Samhain has awakened the heads of the River Foyle and the River Boyne who reside above Bishop’s Gate.

They have cried out an invitation to the rivers of the world to come to the city to dance with the dead. What will happen? Only you can imagine…

Rise of the River Gods will feature performances on the City’s Walls and an illuminated moving performance through the city streets featuring over 600 costumed performers, illuminated sculpture, music, movement, dance, circus and street performers.

Niall Mc Caughan, Playhouse CEO and North West Carnival Initiative Board Member said: “I would encourage organisations and people from across the city and further afield to take part in our biggest annual carnival at Irelands biggest Halloween event. The carnival is a great way to showcase our terrific talent, and I am continually surprised with the creativity that participants show each year in costume and floats. In participating, it’s a great way to bring people together in a fun, creative way, and at the same time make a positive contribution to one of our key annual civic events.”

There are several options for participation which range from creating your own piece, or taking part in workshop programmes or to simply participating in rehearsals and the carnival parade. For further information, please contact Fiona on 07726611862. NWCI is supported by the Arts Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council.