St Patrick’s Day celebrations to be ‘biggest ever’

Sinn F�in councillor Eric McGinley.
Sinn F�in councillor Eric McGinley.

This year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Derry are set to be the biggest and best yet, a local councillor has said.

Sinn Féin councillor Eric McGinley made the comment ahead of the launch of Derry City Council’s St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival programme. “This year’s festivities as outlined at Council’s Development Committee offer a wide range of programmes to cater for all ages and tastes,” Colr. McGinley said.

The Sinn Féin colr. said this year’s events will use the whole of the city centre. “Included in the list of events will be a family ‘treasure trail’ leading through the city and across the peace bridge which will allow children to access myths, magic and mystery as they work out the clues towards the final destination,” he explained.

Colr. McGinley also said Derry’s rich musical heritage will be recognised during the festival. “Central also to the programme will be the establishment of the Trad Trail across the city providing musical entertainment over the weekend and creating an atmosphere which will encourage local people and visitors alike to dwell in the city centre,” he added.

The main event in the celebrations will be the carnival parade on St Patrick’s Day which will involve community groups from across the city.

“We also of course have the carnival parade which will benefit from the significant investment made by Council towards the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as well as the LegenDerry food festival in Guildhall Square.

“The forthcoming carnival is there to be enjoyed and I would encourage everyone to start making plans to ensure they do not miss out on one of the highlights of the year,” he said.