Get your pumpkin ready and go to east Belfast this Halloween for the EastSide Halloween carnival style parade,  Saturday 30th October, 6pm-8pm.  Join Beat Carnival, in partnership with young people, from the local community, as they lead a vibrant procession full of sound, performance and dance along the Newtownards Road to C.S. Lewis Square.

An EastSide Partnership event supported by Belfast City Council and Urban Villages Initiative, the parade is a culmination of creative workshops involving 100 young people from local groups from across east Belfast including Ballmac Friendship Trust, Walkway Community Association, Bloomfield Community Association, and the Diamond Project.

The Halloween carnival style parade, including local dance troupe Ajendance, will follow the Newtownards Road, beginning at City East and finishing at C.S. Lewis Square where there will be free, family fun activities including music by DJ Dave Ralston, face painting, arts and crafts.

Michele Bryans,  Chief Executive EastSide Partnership, said:

“We are very excited to announce details of the Halloween Carnival parade taking place in east Belfast this year.  With the support of Belfast City Council and the Urban Villages Initiative we are very excited to the see the work created by young people from our local community in partnership with Beat Carnival. This family fun event, taking place right in the heart of the east Belfast community, is sure to be a great way to celebrate Halloween.”

David Boyd from Beat Carnival commented:

“Creative activity is underway to bring light and laughter onto the streets with costumed characters, music, dance and lanterns. After the long period when no or sometimes only small gatherings were possible, this opportunity for everyone to enjoy a carnival arts event is more than welcome and we are really looking forward to our first larger carnival parade in two years!”

Roz Small, Ballymac Friendship Trust, added:

“We are delighted to be involved in this project and provide our young people with opportunities to engage in creative activity to support their well-being. Events of this nature are great to bring communities together in a fun and celebratory way. We hope you will come along and celebrate Halloween with us!”

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