Plans for St Patrick’s Day in Derry revealed

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A leprechaun hunt in the city centre, a burning temple, concerts and a family fun day are just some of the new additions to this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Derry.

Details of the 2015 St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival have now been unveiled.

This year’s Carnival Parade on March 17th will follow its usual route, leaving Derry City Council’s Car Park at 2.30pm travelling towards the city along the Queen’s Quay over Boating Club Lane towards the Strand Road, and returning to the Council car park.

Sharon Meenan, Carnival development officer with Derry City Council’s Carnival Initiative said: “Community and voluntary groups have again pulled out all the stops for their participation in this year’s Carnival parade.

“The carnival is a great opportunity for visitors and locals to soak up the family atmosphere in the city centre and be part of our Curious Carnival that celebrates everything that is quirky and diverse about our city.”

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson added: “This year’s Carnival is entitled the Curious Carnival with participants from all over the city taking part, while the Guildhall Square will be a hive of activity with free, family fun entertainment as part of the Mayor’s Family Dun Day.”

Karan Leonard, festival and events organiser with Derry City Council said this year’s programme has been enhanced thanks to input from local shopping centres, pubs, arts centres and theatres to ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy.

“We are delighted that the Mayor has agreed to host a Family Fun Day from 12 to 5pm in Guildhall Square with music and entertainment for all the family.

“A community marquee will be set up at the Lisnagelvin Pitches in Altnagelvin to host two days of events including a science fair, community bingo, magical shows and Irish and Scottish music and dance performances.

“Also incorporated within this year’s programme are details of events taking place in the run up to and during St Patrick’s Day, including the National Trust’s Leprechaun Hunt in Bishop Street the Burning Man Temple, traditional music at Aras Colmcille and a family fun day event at An Culturlann.”

Full details of what is happening in the city for the celebrations is available online and programmes are available at venues across the city.