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Bumper St Patrick’s programme

TOMORROW 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, 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.
 
“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 2-3pm. 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 2-5pm Butcher Street car park 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 2-3pm, 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.
People are encouraged 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 at www.translink.co.uk/Routes-and-Timetables.
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