Halloween 'new home' for Macnas parade in Galway city
GALWAY's Macnas parade is returning to the city streets this Halloween – with organisers revealing that autumn may be the new home of the gala.
They promised fans traffic-stopping, street-hopping action when it does return in October but it will not be on the streets at next month's Galway International Arts Festival for the second year in a row. Artistic director Noeline Kavanagh said she believed Halloween could be the new home for Macnas in the city.
"I think that pagan Halloween Samhain festival is our energy and because we've no box office and we've no big corporate sponsor, it's all about art, heart and imagination. And it's about engineering things to make them happen and sustain traditions," she added.
She promised a parade that would bring the magic back on to the streets "to celebrate our city and our creativity with the big, the bold and the beautiful".
However, organisers warned they must raise €40,000 to bring the parade to the street and they urged spectators and businesses to get behind the event by donating to the cause.