Derry’s city centre was a blaze of colour as the city’s biggest ever St Patrick’s Day Parade filled Shipquay Street with a vibrant display celebrating youth and culture.

Over ten thousand people lined the streets despite the windy conditions, as over 700 performers from community, arts and sporting groups brought the magical story of Tír na nÓg to life.

The parade, which is delivered by the North West Carnival Initiative with support from Council, was the highlight of a weekend of multi-cultural events taking place across Derry and Strabane, with a whole host of family friendly activities and animation.

Leading off the parade the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, said he was delighted to see so many people enjoying the festival. 

“It’s fantastic to see so many local groups taking part in the festivities today. 

“It really is a massive community effort and a great cultural event for the City that showcases our creative talent and community spirit. 

“I’m delighted to see so many people flocking to the city centre to support the event that will benefit local businesses and enhance our profile as a cultural hub.

“Over the weekend we have celebrated cultures and traditions from around the world, and embraced the rich tapestry of ethnicity that makes our City and District such an inclusive and welcoming place. 

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