Carnival Care

Enjoy Hallowe’n Safely, Enjoy Hallowe’en Sensibly

Make your plans with us and be part of an event for all the family

Winner of the ‘Best Hallowe’en Destination’ in the World, the annual outdoor Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival now welcomes over 30,000 people to City and District from far and wide with a packed programme of events. As part of the event, Derry City and Strabane District Council, in association with agencies has initiated a Carnival Care Campaign to raise awareness of the need for responsible behaviour at this time.


There are two alcohol free zones and marshals to ensure you enjoy the event with your family. Make sure you check your travel arrangements and arrival times.
Leading up to Monday night’s Halloween event the carnival care message will be reinforced to young people through a number of school engagements led by the YES Project and HURT


Fletcher Avenue continuing along the River Foyle Walkway, Council offices and Car Parks to the City Hotel.


Guildhall Square, Waterloo Place, Strand Road Pedestrian Zone, Guildhall Street, Custom House Street, Lower Magazine Street and Union Hall Place. 

Carnival Time Check

  • Carnival Parade: Assembles 6.15pm Queen’s Quay Car Park, Departs 7pm
  • Carnival Route: from Queen’s Quay Car Park - Boating Club Lane  - Strand Road towards Harbour Square Roundabout - Foyle Embankment before travelling down Queen’s Quay to the Council offices.
  • Carnival Parade Finish Time: 8.10pm
  • Fireworks Display Time: Derry 8.15pm 8.30pm, Strabane 8pm – 8.15pm
  • Music In Guildhall Square: 8.30pm - 10pm
  • Homeward Bound: 10pm on 31st October


Carnival Care Initiatives

  • Safety in the City & District is a key priority and many agencies work together to plan and manage events that are safe and minimise the misuse of alcohol. A large number of stewards and PSNI officers will be on duty to provide information and assistance.  Police will be monitoring and seizing alcohol from anyone under the age of 18 and dealing with any street drinking.
  • Community Safety Wardens employed by Derry City and Strabane District Council will be working across the council area to provide advice and assistance to anyone that they perceive to be in need. This will include directing people, who need to get home or to hotels, to local taxi companies.
  • Event stewards, staff from community organisations, local volunteers through Youth First and Cornerstones Street Pastors, council and local and police will be on the ground working pro-actively together as a positive presence, providing support and helping to ensure alcohol misuse is minimised.
  • Police will be writing to and working with licenced premises in the run up to the event and will be carrying out visits to off-sales and licenced premises to liaise with staff regarding obligations and key messages.
  • Council Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) will be carrying out visits to licenced premises and off-sales in the run up to the event to discuss the importance of employers managing health and safety.  During these visits EHOs will also be working with employers and staff to help re-inforce key messages regarding alcohol.

• Licensed premises are encouraged to adopt the “Only 4” approach and only accept four types of identification in the council district. These are driving licence, passport, electoral registration card, and Citizen/Pass card. 

  • Fireworks Safety Initiative: When buying fireworks, only buy from a licensed retailer. All retailers must display a warning notice stating "It is illegal to sell Category F1 fireworks to anyone under the age of 16 and Category F2 and F3 fireworks to anyone under the age of 18”. The notice must be prominently displayed so that it can be easily read by persons at the point of sale.   The original Certificate of Registration must be displayed prominently at the point of sale.

Remember if using fireworks follow the Firework Safety Code - for more information view and


Advice for Parents

  • Discuss and agree where your child will be on the night.
  • Discuss and agree with your child on a reasonable time to be home.
  • Discuss and agree with your child on how they will get to and from an event.
  • Arrange a meeting point e.g. Guildhall, The Diamond or the City Hotel.
  • You and your child should ensure that you can be contacted. It is wise to have a friend’s number and/or have the phone number and address of the event (if practical).
  • If your child is going to a friend’s house, find out which adults will be present. 
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Make sure your mobile phone is charged and if possible you have credit (however remember that emergency 999 calls are always free);
  •  As a parent/responsible adult, it would be wise to moderate your alcohol intake in case of emergency.  If you have agreed to be a driver in case of an emergency, avoid drinking alcohol.