The parade is one of the main highlights of the local annual events calendar and draws thousands of people into the town for an unforgettable on street celebration.
Supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council, the St Patrick’s Day Festival brings together community, school, charity and sporting groups who work together to produce an event that showcases the talents of all involved.
A final call out is now being issued to any local organisations who want to join in the carnival fun this year.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, said it offered a fantastic opportunity for local people to get involved in a major civic and cultural event.
“The St Patrick’s festivities in Strabane are growing year on year and that’s very much testament to the many local organisations and businesses who support the event,” he declared.
“The imagination and creativity that goes into planning the St Patrick’s Day parade and support activities really reflect the talent and community spirit of the local area.
“The event has elements for all to enjoy and people of all ages can join in the fun.
“I really want to encourage anyone who feels they can contribute to this important community highlight to get involved and really make this year’s experience one to remember.”
This year’s carnival parade will be a colourful celebration centring around the mythical land of everlasting youth and joy, Tír Na nÓg, reflecting Council’s focus on youth culture this year as part of the Youth 19 programme.
The themes will include depictions of youth in myth and legend both in the Celtic tradition and in the many diverse cultures across the world.
The North West Carnival Initiative will lead a series of workshops leading up to the event focusing on creating props, costume making and face painting for any groups who want to support the festival.
Festivals and Events Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Jacqueline Whoriskey, said: “What sets the St Patrick’s celebrations apart in Strabane is the strong sense of community pride in the event and we have been delighted at the buy in from local organisations to date.
“This is the final opportunity to find out how groups can get involved and put their own mark on the traditional festivities that bring the community together each year.”
If you are interested in taking part in the parade or becoming a volunteer, please contact Ashleigh Devine at Ashleigh.firstname.lastname@example.org or 71253253 Ext:4222