Derry’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations launched

Details of Derry’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations have been revealed at the launch of the 2020 Spring Carnival.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 6:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 6:26 pm
The Mayor Councillor Michaela Boyle and Amy Mullan from Derry City and Strabane District Council's Festival and Events department with Caoimhe Oâ€TMNeill from the North West Carnival Initiative, at the launch of the annual St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. 06.02.20

The ‘Rebirth and Renewal’ themed street performance on March 17 will celebrate the return of brighter colours to the landscape and is the centre piece event of the celebrations which were launched on Thursday by Mayor of Derry and Strabane Michaela Boyle.

Other highlights include the return of the Ubuntu Global Festival of World Traditions, live music stages in The Guildhall Main Hall and Square and the best of local produce in the Food Village.

Speaking at this week’s launch in Guildhall Square, Mayor Boyle encouraged people to come onto the streets and get involved in the celebrations.

Mayor Boyle said: “The colourful Rebirth and Renewal parade through the city is always a fantastic spectacle with hundreds of local performers bringing the streets to life with music, dance and spectacular costumes.

“The Festival and Events Team at Council, in partnership with the North West Carnival Initiative and local community groups, have developed a packed programme of events and I would encourage the public to familiarise themselves with the programme on Council’s website and plan a weekend to remember.”

In Your Space Circus will bring colour and animation to the festival with a variety of installations and characters including their show ‘Springtime’- a spectacular visual comedy with performers suspended on springs and a solo aerial performance, ‘The Phoenix Rises’.

The Ubuntu Global Festival will be hosted at the Guildhall, Tower Museum and the Craft Village and will be a celebration of diversity and inclusion through traditional music, song, dance and workshops from around the world.

Other highlights include an explosive dance routine in Waterloo Place from the Afrikan Warriors and a family fun day at An Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. There will also be Arts and Crafts in the Central Library and traditional Irish Music and Dance in Foyleside Shopping Centre.

Full details of the Spring Carnival are available at