Hundreds sign up for Carnival finale

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL LAUNCH. . . .The Mayor of Derry, pictured at the launch of the Hallowe'en Carnival Parade at Rathmor, Creggan on Tuesday morning. Included are Carnival performers, from left, Brenda Graham, Martin 'Boris' McClenaghan, Abbey Oliveira and Mandy Hudson. DER4113JM030
HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL LAUNCH. . . .The Mayor of Derry, pictured at the launch of the Hallowe'en Carnival Parade at Rathmor, Creggan on Tuesday morning. Included are Carnival performers, from left, Brenda Graham, Martin 'Boris' McClenaghan, Abbey Oliveira and Mandy Hudson. DER4113JM030

It’s time to start buffing those broomsticks and clearing out the cobwebs as the countdown to this year’s Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival begins with the official launch of the city’s biggest and most colourful celebration yet, the Carnival Parade.

Hundreds of local children are currently taking part in workshops across the city creating weird and wonderful costumes and props to light up the night for a fangtastic feast of festival fun at the Curious Carnival of Lost Souls Parade on Hallowe’en night.

The Parade workshops are now in full swing, and according to Amanda-Jane Prow from the North West Carnival Initiative, even the parents are getting into the Halloween spirit. Over the next few weeks the workshops can anticipate a hive of activity across schools and community centres as children get creative making lanterns, costumes and props.

The Festival runs from 26th October – 3rd November and the Carnival Parade will take place at 7pm on 31 October followed by a spectacular fireworks display along the River Foyle.

You can get all the latest information on the programme online at www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween or view the interactive programme via the Halloween Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/thebanksofthefoylehalloweencarnival and clicking on the Halloween Programme button.