Scary Derry prepares to celebrate
PEOPLE are being
advised to expect some disruption to travel next
Wednesday as thousands descend on Derry for what will be the biggest celebration
of Halloween in the country. A huge turnout is
expected on October 31 for the traditional Carnival
Parade departing Queen’s Quay at 7pm and concluding
with the finale fireworks at 8.20pm.
Anyone planning a trip to Scary Derry this week is
being asked to check out traffic and travel
information ahead of their journey. A number of
restrictions and diversions will be in place to
facilitate the fantastic programme of events which
begin this weekend, as revellers take to the streets
on the Halloween Trail.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District,
Councillor John Boyle, urged people to plan ahead in
order to ensure the very best hassle free Halloween
“This year we are once again expecting tens of
thousands to attend events throughout the nine-day
programme. There will be a lot of people moving
between venues and we want to ensure that this
happens as smoothly as possible and that the visitor
experience is an exceptional one throughout our
Thousands of people are expected to
flock to Scary Derry on Halloween night.
One of the main
festival highlights is the captivating Awakening the
Walls, an illuminated trail weaving through some of
the most historic areas Derry from the city’s
400-year-old ramparts, to the streets of the quaint
Cathedral Quarter. The event kicks off this weekend
on Sunday evening, October 28th, running until
Tuesday October 30th.
To facilitate the extension of this year’s route a
number of temporary restrictions will be in place in
the following streets: Magazine Street, Butcher
Street, Bishop Street Within, Society Street, London
Street, Pump Street, Artillery Street on 28th, 29th
& 30th October, between the hours of 5pm and 10pm.
The Festival showcase is without doubt the
traditional Carnival Parade which takes place on
Wednesday 31st October. The route this year leaves
Queen’s Quay Car Park at 7pm, travelling up Boating
Club Lane turning onto Strand Road. The parade turns
at Harbour House Roundabout, travelling to Water
Street, along the Foyle Embankment and returning to
Queen’s Quay Car Park. There will be vantage points
for viewing all along the parade route.
To facilitate the parade a number of traffic
restrictions will be in place and motorists are
advised to expect some delays and diversions.
Lane closures will be introduced along the Strand
Road and Foyle Embankment in advance of the parade.
The Strand Road lane closure, on the city bound
approach to Water Street, will be operational from
6.30pm until approximately 8.45pm.
Strand Road, Harbour Square, Queen’s Quay, Whittaker
Street and the Foyle Embankment, between Water
Street and the City Hotel, will be closed to traffic
for varying lengths of time during the evening
events, between 6.30pm and 8.45pm. Alternative
diversion routes will be available during these
Please also note that the Peace Bridge will be
closed from 7.15pm until 8.45pm.
Motorists are advised that there are likely to be
delays when exiting some car parks during the parade
and after the fireworks display.
No parking will be permitted along Baronet Street,
Fletcher Avenue, Water Street and on the left hand
side of St Columb’s Road.
Vehicles stopping to drop off passengers are advised
to park in a safe location and to avoid the
immediate vicinity of Queen’s Quay, Foyle Embankment
and the Limavady Road / St Columb’s Road Junction in
order to minimise traffic congestion.
For more information on all the Halloween events go