30,000 attend Derry Halloween spectacular

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Thousands of people lined the streets of Londonderry on Thursday night for a Halloween spectacular involving witches, zombies and superheroes.

A Halloween parade by school children and community groups was followed by a firework display.

Derry City Council said an estimated 30,000 people were in the city for the celebrations.

Six hundred local performers took part in the finale with choreography from the Curious Carnival of the Lost Souls Parade.

The parade was the showpiece event in a week-long programme of events.

For the three days before Halloween, the landscape theatre company LUXe took families through an Inferno Walk, a world of light, fire, sculpture and circus acts.

Image caption The Guildhall clock turned orange for the annual Halloween celebrations

Frights and delights

Celebrations came to an end on Thursday night with a Shapeshifters Ball in the Guildhall at 21:00 GMT.

American disco and R&B band Chic also performed on stage at The Venue in Ebrington Square around 21:30 GMT.

Jacqueline Whoriskey from Derry City Council said: "We are absolutely delighted with the crowd and the boost it had for the city.

"Around 25,000 came to the city last year so we are overwhelmed that 30,000 came this year.

"Halloween is something Derry is good at and we are proud of."

The parade travelled along the Strand Road around Harbour Square roundabout and returned to the council car park along Queen's Quay at approximately 19:45 GMT.

The Halloween carnival programme also included a special event that combines the celebration of Halloween with marking the 400th anniversary of Derry's historic walls.

A number of city artists worked with the City Walls Heritage Project to pay homage to the walls with a host of illuminations, sculptures and props to create a trail of surprises, frights and delights in the run-up to Halloween night.

Carnival development officer with Derry City Council, Sharon Meenan, paid tribute to all the hard work in local schools and community groups throughout the city.

She said: "As always we have been inundated with local groups who want to take part in the Halloween event.

"It's fantastic to see so much community involvement this year and I would like to thank all those whose creativity, skill and imagination make the carnival such an amazing spectacle each year."

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