St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival 2013
All Kinds of Everything
16th and 17th March
Join us in the City of Culture for the St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival and experience a programme steeped in LegenDerry fun, history, culture and tradition where All Kinds of Everything will be brought together for a family friendly and inclusive event to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
The St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival has become one of the largest festival events in the City’s event calendar bringing thousands of spectators to the city centre to view the spectacular colour and vibrancy of the community Carnival parade.
This year’s Carnival parade is set to bring together a mixture of new and seasoned community group performances, carnival groups, tradition and contemporary dance groups and pipe bands along the 2km route.
The programme has been further enhanced with street theatre, music, crafts, drama, dancing, story telling, discussion and debate there is something for everyone to enjoy over the weekend’s celebrations.
The St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival festival has become a date where we extend a warm welcome home to the city’s diaspora and join them by taking to the streets to soak up the unqiue atmosphere in the city centre on the 16th / 17th March.
Since its inception, the St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival has grown from a one day civic event into an extended festival focusing on cultural identity and shared celebration. Collaboration with artists and cultural organisations has developed quality programming, which has been mirrored by the volume of people who come out to experience the celebrations year on year.
Diverse communities from throughout the Derry City council area participate in a wide variety of cultural events in local community, waterside and cityside venues. New and creative ways to investigate and share language, history, culture and tradition have combined within a family friendly and inclusive focus to evolve this traditional feast day into a civic celebration belonging to all the people of the City.
Derry from space on St Patricks day, captured by Cmdr Chris Hadfield
Derry, Northern Ireland, and the rugged coast facing the North Atlantic