THE day has finally arrived for Derry after all the hard work of recent weeks and months.
All the wonderful costumes will be put on display later this evening as the city lives up to its reputation as hosting the best Hallowe’en party in the world!
Tens of thousands of people are expected in the city later this evening for the Carnival Parade before a spectacular firework display.
A welcome like no other awaits visitors and participants as the division between this world and the otherworld’s is at its thinnest, as supernatural beings and the souls of the dead flood into the City, let your imagination run wild under the Samhain Moon.
Today is the finale of a 4-day celebration like no other, filled with ghoulish events and frightful fun for all the family.
The public are advised there may be some disruptions to traffic and travel in and around the city centre.
A number of car park and road closures will be put in place to ensure public safety and viewing of the main carnival parade, which this year will have an extended route beginning from 7 pm.
Translink have confirmed that there will be some disruption to their services around any road closures.
Translink bus information can be found at www.translink.co.uk/Routes-and-Timetables.
Further updates to travel arrangements will be made available via local radio stations such as Radio Foyle, Q102, Downtown and Cool FM throughout the day.
“As always we expect a significant number of visitors to the city to make the most of the festivities on offer,” said PSNI Chief Inspector Ivor Morton.
“We are here alongside the event organisers to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
“If you are staying on to enjoy the nightlife on offer then please drink responsibly, have respect for others and make sure you get home safely.”
Access and inclusion information around the parade is available from Louise Boyce via email at email@example.com or telephone 028 7125 3253, Ext 4349. Information is also available at www.derrystrabane.com/inclusion.
Halloween in Derry is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from Tourism NI Events Fund and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Further details on Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Halloween Celebrations and Strabane’s traffic arrangements can be found at www.derryhalloween.com.