Spring Carnival in Derry & Strabane

Visit Derry and Strabane this St Patrick's Day and watch as the streets come to life with spectacular performances during Spring Carnival.

Hundreds of performers from throughout local communities will take to the streets in a celebration of St Patrick's Day and the promise of Rebirth and Renewal. 

This year's carnival parade departs Bishop Street at 2pm on Tuesday March 17th. As well as the spectacular carnival parade, there are a number of other Spring Carnival celebrations taking place throughout the day. 

These include the Ubuntu Global Festival of World Traditions and a series of unmissable outdoor performances including Springtime, Afrikan Warriors and The Phoenix Rises. 

There will be a host of colourful arts and crafts workshops, live music, a dance performance by the Afrikan Warriors, live music and dancing in the Craft Village, aerial performance in The Peace Garden, a visual show in Waterloo Place, and bouncing bunnies in the Guildhall. 

Ancient Irish legends will also be present on the day in and around Guildhall Square. There are events at the Gasyard, Culturlann Ui Chanain and St Columb's Cathedral and Foyleside Shopping Centre. 

Celebrations start in the Guildhall Square from 12 noon until 6pm on St Patrick's Day and enjoy some tasty dishes from our food village. 

Check out the map here and the programme below. 

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St Patrick's Day in Strabane

In Strabane, St Patrick's Day celebrations start at 2pm - 5pm on Tuesday March 17th. There will be live music by Mad Notions in Festive Village, at Burcher street Carpark. There you'll get the chance to meet characters from ancient Irish Myth & Legends, Storytelling, Markets, family fun activities.  The multi-cultural area will showcase a variety of arts and crafts, music and dance from around the World. In The Irish Quarter you can experience an celebrate language, folklore, genealogy and music. 

From 2.30pm - 4.30pm The Alley Theatre will host Irish traditional music by Camhaltas an Tsratha Báin, hearty Irish stew and children’s activities. 

The Carnival Parade starts at 2pm.