Derry will celebrate 25 years of its Hallowe’en festivities with an array of spine tingling events including a performance by a one time Pussycat Doll.
The four day Banks of the Foyle Carnival gets underway on October 28 and will culminate in the carnival parade and fireworks display on October 31.
Hailed Europe’s biggest free festival, Derry’s Hallowe’en carnival will this year have a spectacular silver theme to acknowledge the silver anniversary of the city’s celebrations.
Derry Mayor Maurice Devenney says Hallowe’en is a unique event in the city and something that has grown in popularity and strength over the 25 years.
“It’s a fantastic event for the city and offers everyone an opportunity to enjoy a range of free events to suit every age.
“I am amazed every year at the amount of effort people go to in this city to dress up for the occasion and to make our Hallowe’en celebrations truly unique.
“A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes putting this year’s programme together with a record number of free events with a family focus appeal and performances by local performers and acts, and local carnival participants.
“This year’s event promises to be one of our best yet as we prepare for being UK City of Culture in 2013.“
Kimberly Wyatt, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, one of the most successful global pop acts of recent years, brings her new group, Her Majesty and the Wolves, to town for the celebrations.
Paddy Nash, Paul Casey and the best in up and coming local talent are also lined up to entertain while a range of storytelling, unique outdoor shows, sports events and ghostbuster tours, means there is something for everyone.
Gerald McColgan, event organiser with Derry City Council said the addition of events for teenagers and young people was an added boost to this year’s event.
He said that with the celebrations falling on a Bank Holiday in the Republic of Ireland, hotels and B&Bs across the city and region are expecting it to be a bumper weekend for the local economy.
More information and a detailed programmeon festival events are available online at www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween