An evening of carnival colour and light in Ballyshannon

Annual Ballyshannon Carnival Parade delights the crowds

An evening of carnival colour and light in Ballyshannon

A dazzling view of the Ballyshannon street carnival on Saturday night. Photo: Thomas Gallagher

The streets of Ballyshannon exploded with colour and light last night, Saturday, for the annual Ballyshannon Carnival Parade.

This year’s theme, ‘Away With The Fairies!’, paid tribute to Ballyshannon’s most famous literary son, William Allingham (1824-1889), with a carnivalesque interpretation of his most famous and best loved poem, The Fairies.

Earlier in the evening, the Donegal town Community Band made a special trip to the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, where they played for the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mr. Hermes Herrera Hernandez, and his wife, Mrs Ana Rosa Rojas. The ambassador was at the Abbey Arts Centre to launch "Celebrating Cuba – From the Blue Stacks to the Carribbean", an exhibition of the work of Donegal photographer Emer O'Shea, who visited Cuba in 2016. 

Later, the community band led off Carnival 2017 in the town, which delivered a dazzling show to the crowds that attended.

For Carnival Night,  the streets of Ballyshannon were brought to life by Dark Daughter Productions, LUXe landscape theatre company, Workhouse Studios, Ballyshannon’s Unstoppable Street Band and Stagecraft, against a special carnival soundscape created by local electronic music wizard, Slowplacelikehome.

They were joined by up to 200 performers, including students and performers from many local adult community groups.

Here are some of the scenes from last night's festivities:

The Dark Fairies at the Ballyshannon Street Carnival on Saturday night. Photo: Thomas Gallagher

Little Fairies at the Ballyshannon Street Carnival on Saturday night. Photo: Thomas Gallagher

Street entertainers at the Ballyshannon Street Carnival on Saturday night. Photo Thomas Gallagher

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