Belfast Telegraph

Derry aims for biggest Halloween yet

By Donna Deeney

Derry City Council has issued an invitation to community groups to make this year's Carnival of Lights — Europe's biggest Halloween festival — the largest ever.

An estimated 30,000 people are expected to descend on the streets of Londonderry for the 25th anniversary of the annual extravaganza.

The theme for the carnival this year is ‘Silver Lining'.

The North West Carnival Initiative is keen to hear from community groups, youth groups, schools or any social group who wish to participate in this year's parade.

They have laid on a range of carnival workshops for groups interested in taking part in this wonderful spectacle of colour, illumination and drama.

Among the most popular events last year were A-scarium Aquarium at the Loughs Agency headquarters, a tour of the city's most haunted spots, a pirate ship which sailed across the Foyle and shows at the Tower Museum, the Playhouse and Culturlann Ui Chanain.

The Guildhall Square will be the focus for the majority of events and alcohol-free zones will be in place along Queen's Quay, around Guildhall Square and at Waterloo Place. The festivities will culminate in a firework extravaganza.

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