Picture Special - St Patrick’s Day across the north west

Thousands took to the streets of the north west on Saturday to celebrate St Patrick’s Day - and our photographers were there to capture the fun in Derry, Strabane and Inishowen.

Derry’s City Centre was packed on Saturday afternoon for the annual St Patrick’s day parade.

And early indications are that this year’s parade was one of the biggest the town has ever seen.

The sun streamed through Derry and the streets were awash with colour as the carnival made its away across the city centre.

Thousands lined the streets to watch the ‘Voyage of Discovery’ themed parade make its way through the city centre bringing with it floats, performances and over 800 community participants.

Guildhall Square was full of a carnival atmsophere as locals soaked up the sun while visiting the popular market stalls.

The Deputy Mayor Kevin Campbell said: “What an amazing sight and wonderful atmosphere existed in the city, and it was an honour to be part of the celebrations.

“The creativity of the costumes and themes were outstanding and the turnout to watch the parade and enjoy the activity in Guildhall Square was fantastic.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the groups and the North West Carnival Initiative for an excellent event”.

Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas entertained the crowds at the live music event in the Guildhall Square, where the walled city market and designated children’s area kept revellers with lots to do.

Waterloo Place was a hub of all things sports related with the Big TV adding a new dimension to this year’s event. Early indicators are that numbers in attendance were increased since previous years.

Derry City Council would like to thank all the agencies, organisations and participants who worked together to make St Patrick’s Day 2012 a success.

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