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Tall Ships nautical extravaganza has created a real buzz in the city so go along and soak up the atmosphere

By Ander Carson

What a buzz there is in Belfast.

The Tall Ships have arrived in port and our city is bursting with enthusiasm as we get set for four days of fun and activity linked to the Lidl Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival.

As we roll out the welcome mat to thousands of visitors, locals can make the most of all that is on offer at this free, non-ticketed family event.

There will be lots to see and do, with international markets, quayside fairgrounds, live music, street theatre, a fireworks display and a host of entertainment all over the site at Titanic Quarter.

We are expecting half-a-million people to attend the Festival with the same number expected to line the shores of Belfast Lough on Sunday to watch the magnificent Parade of Ships.

Bringing an economic windfall of at least £10 million, this is a showcase Belfast City Council is delighted to be at the helm of - all, of course, made possible by the superb co-operation with our various partners.

This event has been a shining example of multi-agency excellence.

Our key message is that people should plan their journey to and from the site, use public transport if possible and make use of the park and ride facilities.

Most importantly - go along and make sure you join in the fun.

Arder Carson is Lord Mayor of Belfast

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