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Thousands in Derry for Halloween parade and fireworks

November 1, 2019

Derry Halloween: Thousands gather for parade and fireworks  Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Londonderry for the culmination of what is billed as the biggest Halloween party in Europe  Derry’s annual Halloween festival draws to a close with a carnival parade and fireworks display over the River Foyle  Organisers said about 80,000 people have visited the city during the festival run  Thousands more are there on Thursday night as musicians, dancers, street acts and performers lead the finale  Earlier, Jacqueline Whoriskey, Derry City and Strabane District Council’s festival manager said footfall was up about 25% on 2018  “It has been absolutely amazing. We’ll do our final count, but we have been really overwhelmed by the amount of people who have come,” she said  “Tonight is the big one. It all culminates tonight, it will be spectacular, and it will be unreal ” The festivities in Derry have grown to global renown since the first Halloween carnival some 30 years ago  It is now regarded as among the world’s premier destinations for the holiday as the city gives itself over to ghosts, goblins and devilish delights  Highlights of this year’s Derry Halloween – which has The Other World Awakens as its theme – have included the Awakening the Walls trail and a first-ever LegenDerry Halloween food event  The closing parade is under way with the fireworks scheduled for 20:15 GMT. Derry City and Strabane District council are urging people to avoid parking in the city centre and to allow extra time for their journey  The city’s Peace Bridge and a number of city centre streets are closed to pedestrians They will reopen Roads between 21:30 and 22:00. Both the parade and fireworks display are being streamed live on the BBC Radio Foyle homepage

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