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The Carnival event will not be happening at City Hall on Saturday. Instead, the Parade will start at Writers' Square. There will be carnival music performances from 1.30pm. The Parade will set off at 2.00pm from Donegall Street to Royal Avenue.

Comments include:

Eileen: "belfastcarnival dot com"

Katie: "It's fine. It's also rather mighty craic"

David: " It will be noisy"

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Naomi Long

There has been lots of great musical development in this year's carnival with the enthusiastic involvement of local musicians... writing, recording, rehearsing, and dressing-up!

Carnival Music

The following Musicians and Bands will be involved in this Summer's Belfast City Carnival.

Carnival Director, David Boyd on
This New Day, Radio Ulster Sunday (14 June 2009)

Presenter: Kim Lenaghan

John Shelly and the Creatures: Long May You Reign
The One Ones: Another Girl, Another Planet
Bob Andy: The Sun Shines For Me

Belfast City Carnival - Saturday 27 June 2009
Lined up in Custom House Square, starting performance
1.45pm Parade sets off
3.00pm Arrive at City Hall
All afternoon: Music stage in grounds of City Hall

A programme of masterclasses to create a new group of musicians and dancers for the carnival performance.

Purpose of the Masterclass

St Patrick's Day Carnival Parade 2009 - Belfast

The St Patrick's Day Carnival Parade was a great success, demonstrating an inclusive celebration for the City.

Well done to all who took part!

Photos are available in our Flickr Gallery.



Beat'n'drum are Northern Ireland’s Premier Carnival Performance Percussion group. Bringing you rhythms and dance from around the world, their ongoing plan is to bring dance to your feet and an instant atmosphere wherever they go. 20 orchestrated percussionists will bring thunder to your doorstep and create lighting moves on the dancefloor.

The BelBoBru Partnership


Three companies, in Belfast, Bologna and Brussels: sharing in mutual support, working on carnival skills development.

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