Derry City and Strabane District Council is expecting up to 30,000 to come out this evening to watch the Halloween Carnival Parade through the city’s street before a spectacular fireworks finale along the River Foyle.
Central to the festivities this year has been the Awakening the Walled City Trail, which took over the City Centre for three nights in the run up to Halloween.
The story of Halloween will be brought to life through illumination, aerial performance, pyrotechnics and music, as the spirits cross over to join the festivities.
The Trail has been renowned for its thrilling medley of myth, magic and mayhem, with thousands of trick or treaters taking to the streets for a unique journey around some of the historic city’s most iconic sites.
The trail weaved its way through the city centre and information on the route is now live online, with guides available at local venues from early next week.
For three nights the Walled City has been transformed into the City of Bones where you encountered a cast of weird and the wonderful characters including the infamous skeleton Walter DeBurgh!
Pass Through the Veil to the Diamond where the spirits took to the skies for some fabulous aerial performance.
Then on to Society Street where you joined in Walter’s Festival of Bones as the undead arise from their sleep to walk the streets once again in an eerie procession.
Ebrington Square was transformed into a magical arena of fire and shadow, as it hosts ‘Rise – Ring of Fire’ a stunning spectacle overlooking the River Foyle, supported by The Executive Office.
Renowned performance group Luxe created a world illuminated by inflatable Babel Towers, fire installations and a fiery procession of elegant processional sculptures.
The city also echoe to the beat of the sensational Spark, as they illuminated the Diamond and Shipquay Street, with a number of performances which took place throughout the city centre over the three nights, before they join the spectacular Halloween Carnival Parade this evening.
Derry’s historic Walls will be the backdrop for some ghostly goings on with the Spooky Ghost Tours running each evening for the first time during the Trail.
Meet some of the City’s most creepy characters, and find out more about its horrible history, with tours running from until Halloween night.
Finally experience the real Heart of Samhain in Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place, with live music, creepy critters and the Haunted Halloween Market to keep you refreshed and entertained.Looking ahead to the Awakening the Walled City Trail, Festival and Events Manager, Jacqueline Whoriskey, said there was plenty to look forward to.
“We are so looking forward to an entire weekend of tricks and treats before the big night itself with the Awakening the Walled City Trail guaranteed to get everyone in the mood for Halloween.
“It offers the chance to explore the city centre by night and experience some of the myth and magic that makes this place so special at this time of year.
“Find out more about the origins of Samhain and encounter some of the characters whose stories of tragedy and terror have been passed down through the centuries.”
The Derry Halloween Festival is led by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from Tourism N. Ireland, BT and The Executive Office.
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