Derry ready for Europe’s biggest Halloween party

The Zombie bus conductor of Derry who promises a bus trip like no other in Derry on the Ghostbus Tour of the City as the week long annual Hallowe'en celebrations began in earnest on tuesday night. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.10.13
The Zombie bus conductor of Derry who promises a bus trip like no other in Derry on the Ghostbus Tour of the City as the week long annual Hallowe'en celebrations began in earnest on tuesday night. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.10.13

Up to 30,000 people will gather in Derry tonight for Europe’s largest Halloween celebrations.

A Curious Carnival of Lost Souls gets underway at 7pm followed by a Legenderry Fireworks display at 8pm.

A light sculpture of a running man towers over a family at St. Columb's Cathedral as part of the Awakening of the Walls art trail in Derry during Hallowe'en. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.10.13

A light sculpture of a running man towers over a family at St. Columb's Cathedral as part of the Awakening of the Walls art trail in Derry during Hallowe'en. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.10.13

The city’s Mayor Martin Reilly urged everyone to enjoy the celebrations responsibly.

“This is the biggest outdoor Halloween event in Europe and we are expecting huge numbers of people to descend on the city.

“Hotels are booked to capacity and restaurants and bars are sure to be busier than ever to accommodate the host of events.

“With each event hosted in the city as it is vital to offer a safe and secure environment for locals and visitors, we all have a part to play in ensuring that this is the case at this year’s Halloween celebrations.

“Stewards will be in place to ensure that designed Alcohol Free areas are controlled and I would ask that people to observe the instructions of event marshals and event organizers at all times. The Carnival Care campaign is in place to support all agencies involved in the Hallowe’en carnival and to encourage the public to act responsibly.

“I would ask that parents of all children who are under the age of 18 must take responsibility for the whereabouts and actions of their children,” he said.

You can get more info online at www.derrycity.gov.uk/care

“It includes general information on fireworks and costume safety, advice on alcohol consumption and is a great resource for anyone with any concerns about the Carnival,” the Mayor added.