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Traffic advice ahead of Strabane St Patrick’s festivities

11 March 2019

This weekend Strabane Town Centre will be transformed into a multi-cultural hub as the St Patrick’s Day festivities bring local communities together for a celebration of youth, culture and diversity.

A whole host of activities for all ages will be taking place over the weekend, with thousands expected to attend the event which is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from the BID Board and the local community.

Speaking ahead of the celebration, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor John Boyle, encouraged people to check out traffic and travel information ahead of the event due to a number of traffic restrictions and diversions to facilitate the annual parade.

“This year’s festival programme in Strabane has something for everyone and it’s fantastic to see the celebration bringing together so many cultures and communities,” he declared. “This year once again there has been phenomenal support from the local business community through the BID scheme and through the wider community network. The parade will involve hundreds of local people, and bring thousands on to the streets for a colourful celebration of youth culture and ethnic diversity.

“With so much going on there will be some unavoidable disruption to traffic but this will be well sign posted and managed and I would ask people to consider using public transport if possible or at least to plan their journey in advance. Finally I just want to wish everyone an extremely safe and enjoyable St Patrick’s Day.”

The highlight of the day’s celebrations will be the much-anticipated Carnival Parade, which will light up the town centre from 2pm – 3pm. The parade will leave Dock Street before making its way along Railway Street, Main Street to Market Street, then on to Abercorn Square, Railway Road and returning to Dock Street.

From 2pm – 5pm Butcher Street Carpark will be buzzing with live music and family fun activities while Castle Street will be transformed into a multi-cultural hub celebrating traditions and entertainment from around the world. Be prepared to be enchanted as the Alley Theatre Courtyard becomes a spell-binding fantasy world for the little folk with pixie dwellings and fairy hideaways and magical stories. Within the theatre itself enjoy some fantastic live music followed by performance from the Knocks Drama Group later in the evening. And of course there will be plenty of music and entertainment at other venues throughout the town.

Members of the public are advised that there will be some minimal disruption to normal travel movements to allow for the parade between 2pm–3pm, and are being asked to prepare for some delays due to rolling road closures and to allow a little extra time when planning their journeys.

Castle Street will be closed from 8am – 6pm, with pedestrian access only and Butcher Street Carpark will also remain closed from 8am – 6pm.

We would encourage people to avoid on street parking along the parade route, and where possible to avoid bringing cars into the town centre.

Details of all bus services on the day can be found by visiting www.translink.co.uk/Routes-and-Timetables

Full details of the Spring Carnival Programme are available at  www.derrystrabane.com/springcarnival