Derry City and Strabane District Council is inviting the public to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style with a weekend of music, dance, food and folklore in its ‘Spring Carnival March 17th – 19th – a Feast of Great Events’.
The St Patrick’s Day celebrations will run concurrently with the LegenDerry Food Festival and a host of arts and multi-cultural events including The Ubuntu Global Festival, Urban Villages and Communities United Spring Festivals.
The theme of this year’s festival is Forever Young and the highlight of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations on Friday March 17th will be the Spring Carnival Parades in Derry City and Strabane where over 500 people from community based carnival programmes will perform.
The Derry parade will feature a newly extended route and after both parades there will be entertainment all afternoon in Waterloo Place and Strabane’s Alley Theatre including live music and children’s arts, face painting and much more.
Speaking at this week’s launch, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, noted this year’s packed programme has something for all the family.
“I am really excited about this year’s St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival,” she said. “The comprehensive and varied programme of events encourages local people and visitors to get out and celebrate all that our area has to offer.”
The Ubuntu Festival is a one day family orientated multicultural arts celebration and aims to promote global diversity through a colourful display of the wide variety of cultures that exist in the Derry and Strabane area.
The free admission event on Saturday March 18th will be hosted across three venues: The Craft Village, Waterloo Place and Bishop Street and will feature vibrant traditional music and performance, arts and crafts and exhibitions of different cultures.
Full event listings for Council’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations are available at www.derrystrabane.com/springcarnival.