Derry's 25th Halloween celebrations hailed a huge success

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 13:27 -- Editor

This year's 25th Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival celebrations have been hailed a tremendous success with a record number participating in the Carnival of Lights Parade and an early estimate of over 30,000 people attending the weekend of events across the city.
The Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney extended a big thank you to everyone involved in making the event a success saying the feedback from the general public has been very positive with everyone enjoying the family friendly atmosphere.
"It was a fantastic night with a great atmosphere. I took some time to walk around the Queen's Quay area last night to view the parade and meet and chat to families who came out to enjoy the festivities. I was amazed at the costumes and the amount of effort everyone put into dressing up and getting into the spirit of the festival. The carnival parade and the array of costumes was a great showcase of the city's creativity. The fireworks display was phenomenal and brought the successful weekend of events to a fitting conclusion. It was a great night for everyone involved in the festival and a big thank you to those involved in the inter-agency team who worked together to make the weekend such a success," he said.
Over 800 participants from various community and voluntary groups, schools and youth groups from across the North West brought spectacular colour and creativity to the city centre for the Carnival of Lights Parade. The groups have been working for weeks with the help and support of the North West Carnival Initiative to create the amazing floats and puppets that brought an amazing procession of light to the city centre. It's estimated that between 15- 20,000 people came out last night alone to view the carnival and fireworks display and enjoy the musical entertainment provided by Paul Casey, Belle Amie and the Killers of Leon.
Figures from the city centre triage show a total of 8 people needing medical assistance compared to 17 last year, and early indications from the PSNI and Accident and Emergency show that numbers are significantly lower than last year and there is a trend of improvement.
Gerald McColgan, event organizer with Derry City Council said the success of Halloween in the city is down to the successful interagency working arrangement in place with Council, the emergency services and the community and voluntary sector to ensure the event is family friendly and suitable for all.
"Derry City Council is committed to working with its partner agencies to continue to build upon the strengths of the event. We are delighted it was a great success and look forward to getting feedback from the public that will help us further improve the event for next year. People can tell us what they think via our website or on facebook - or