The St.Patrick’s Day festival is just around the corner, and the city is gearing up for yet another unmissable event.
Events are scheduled across the city during the weekend, and for the most up-to-date What’s On Guide, click here
The theme for this year’s Spring Carnival Parade?, which is presented by the North West Carnival Initiative, is Tir na nÓg, in celebration of 2019 as Council’s ‘Year of Youth’.
Departing Bishop Street at 2pm on Sunday 17th March, mystical creatures will snake their way through the city’s streets along with a host of characters representing young people from fables and fairy tales from faraway lands. Today’s youth and culture will have pride of place, so expect to be delighted by dance moves from everything from ballet to hip hop.
Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth) is best known from the tale of Oisin and Niamh. In the tale, Oisín (a human hero) and Niamh (a woman of the Otherworld) fall in love. She brings him to Tír na nÓg on a magical horse that can travel over water.
Access & Inclusion
Yet again, Derry City and Strabane District Council are pulling out all the stops to make this year’s Spring Carnival inclusive for all. Listed below is all the need to know info.
Quiet Space (16th & 17th March)
Location: The Guildhall Time: 1pm - 5pm
Free Accessible Toilets (16th & 17th March)
Location: Guildhall, Bishop Street Car Park, Police Court St, Strand Road ( Outside Tesco), Waterloo Place, Strand Road Car Park, Tower Museum, Info Point Waterloo Place, Foyle Street Car Park
Location: Foyle Arena
Disabled Viewing Area
Location: Layby on Whittaker Street (across from the Guildhall) Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Accessible Drop Off
Location: Whittaker Street, ( Sunday 17th only available until 12.30pm due to Road Closure)
Location: Limited spaces are available on Foyle Street Car park and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. - Alternate parking is available in City Centre Car Parks?.
Location: Available from Info Point. Safety Bands allow parents/guardians/carers to put contact number on wristband should Child/ Vulnerable person be lost or found.
JAM Cards ( Just a minute)
Location: Available from Info Point for individuals who require extra time to complete task and/or communicate effectively.
Traffic & Travel info
Spring Carnival Carnival Parade
The Parade commences at 2pm and will exit from Bishop Street Car Park onto Bishop Street. From there it will proceed to the Diamond, travel down Shipquay Street to Whitaker Street, turn left at Harbour Square Roundabout up to Custom House Street before turning right into Waterloo Place. From here it will turn right onto Strand Road proceeding to Strand Road Car Park where it will end at approximately 3.15pm.
An accessible viewing area for people with disabilities will be located on Whitaker Street opposite the Guildhall. It is advisable that disabled persons with mobility impairments, who wish to avail of this area, plan to arrive a little earlier in order to ensure unimpeded access before the surrounding areas become congested.
Existing car parking areas that will be available include:
City side car parks: Foyleside Shopping Centre Car Park East , Foyleside West and Quayside Shopping Centre, Foyle Road, Magee Campus (Lawrence Hill),Victoria Market ( Restricted), Queens Quay, Society Street, Carlisle Road and William Street. The car park at the Council Offices on Strand Road will also be opened to allow access to the general public on the day.
Waterside car parks: Alfred Street, Bond’s Hill, Distillery Brae, Simpsons Brae, Spencer Road and Old Bridge House.
Blue Badge holders are advised to use available public, disabled car parking spaces. Accessible parking for the viewing area platform will be accommodated in the Foyle Street Car Park but these spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The car parks at Strand Road, Foyle Street, Victoria Market and Bishop Street will have restrictions on Sunday 17th March
Please note there will be restrictions to Foyle Street and Bishop Street Car Parks and the Strand Road Car Park will be closed on Sunday 17th March.