COUNTY ARMAGH AND THE MOURNES TO HOST FLAGSHIP TWELFTHS
The largest and one of the most scenic Twelfth demonstrations have been selected as tourist flagships for the biggest annual festival in Northern Ireland. The parades in Portadown and Kilkeel will provide an enhanced cultural experience this year, the Orange Institution has confirmed.Both host districts will offer a varied programme of events surrounding their respective Twelfths, as well as the colour and pageantry associated with the largest day in the parading calendar.
A total of 18 demonstrations are planned across the Province on Tuesday July 12, all of which follow the traditional Rossnowlagh parade held in the Republic on the preceding weekend.
Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, congratulated the organisers of the respective Portadown and Kilkeel parades on achieving tourist flagship status.
He said: “Both venues are worthy ambassadors as Twelfth tourist flagships and we are delighted that they will be working closely with us this year to ensure equally successful events.
“The flagship programme, which has been constantly evolving for over 10 years, has been an enormous success and has helped to develop the potential of and broaden the appeal of our parades.
“The Twelfths in Portadown and Kilkeel promise to be special occasions, with huge crowds enjoying the spectacle of the largest parade in the world in Co Armagh, and also the pageantry and colour of the day in south Down, amid the stunning backdrop of the Mourne Mountains.
“The organisers of both parades are working on a programme of events leading up to the big day and there will be plenty for people to see and enjoy. As part of our cultural tourism offering, visitors will also be welcomed to each of the parades by fully accredited welcome hosts.”
He added: “The Twelfth of July offers a unique opportunity for the Orange Institution and the bands community to showcase our culture and heritage, and we are confident of welcoming increasing numbers of visitors, tourists and families to all of our demonstrations across Northern Ireland.”
Economy Minister Simon Hamilton said: “The tourism industry in Northern Ireland is hugely significant as both an economic driver and in supporting and creating employment. It has been recognised that cultural tourism has an important role to play in helping visitors select their short break and holiday destination.
“Increasingly we are seeing more and more international visitors coming to Northern Ireland keen to experience the biggest day in the loyal orders’ parading calendar on the Twelfth of July.
“I welcome the announcement by the Orange Institution that Portadown and Kilkeel have been named as this year’s Twelfth tourist flagships. With a programme of events alongside the traditional demonstration the flagship programme offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the culture, music and pageantry of the day.”
Portadown District Master Darryl Hewitt said: “We consider it a great honour to have been awarded flagship status. The Twelfth in Portadown will be the largest gathering anywhere in the world and we look forward to welcoming the thousands of Orangemen, Orangewomen, Juniors, bandsmen and spectators to what we believe will be a truly memorable occasion. Co Armagh demonstrations are always very much family orientated and Portadown District is seeking to build on this.”
Mourne District Master Trevor McConnell said: “Mourne District is delighted to have been awarded flagship status for this year’s Twelfth in Kilkeel. The Mourne Twelfth is always a very enjoyable day for families and we wish all visitors a hearty Mourne welcome. The 15 lodges and bands will gather from all across Mourne to celebrate their culture and faith. This flagship Twelfth will be particularly poignant as we remember and respect all the fallen of the Somme.”
ROSSNOWLAGH – SATURDAY, JULY 9
The annual Twelfth parade in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, will be held three days before the main demonstrations in Northern Ireland.
Fifty lodges from Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen, will take part in the parade which begins close to St. John's Parish Church at 12.30pm.
The parade then goes to the demonstration field, on the edge of the shoreline - surely one of the most beautiful locations for an Orange parade anywhere in the world.
The Donegal procession is renowned for its laid-back family atmosphere and low key security presence.
Lots of tourists and holidaymakers staying in the local caravan parks, joined by many newcomers, are expected to be among the large crowd of spectators lining the meandering parade route; witnessing the colour and spectacle of this distinctive Orange event.
A religious service, set against the backdrop of the Donegal hills and the rolling breakers of the Atlantic, will be held at 3pm.
The sermon will be delivered by Canon Mark Watson, County Fermanagh Grand Chaplain. The main speaker will be Lewis Singleton, Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. Proceedings will be chaired by the County Donegal Grand Master, David Mahon.
The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978.
Donegal recently formed its first junior lodge, Sir Albert Conyngham JLOL No 12, based in the south of the county.
There are 44 Orange halls in Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Leitrim and the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has members in nine counties in the Republic.
PORTADOWN – FLAGSHIP TWELFTH
The largest Twelfth demonstration in the world will once again take place in County Armagh.
Regarded as the biggest gathering of Orangemen on the day, a total of 11 District lodges will be on parade for this year’s event, with a total of 154 private lodges and almost 5,000 brethren stepping out in Portadown.
County Armagh Grand Orange Lodge has registered a significant increase in membership over the past year and many brethren will be on parade for the first time. They will be joined by ladies from the Women’s Institution who will be stepping out, along with a number of Junior lodges.
The county is regarded as the birthplace of Orangeism and has its own museum at Sloan’s House in Loughgall. The Museum of Orange Heritage recently welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who visited the outreach facility in May.
The Armagh demonstration usually attracts upwards of 15,000 spectators, including many from across the border.
Among those in attendance will be one of the most senior Orangeman in Ireland, Deputy Grand Master Harold Henning, who will be the guest speaker at the field.
Approximately 80 bands, including a small number from Scotland, will accompany the lodges with some of the finest pipe, accordion, silver and flute bands in the Province on parade. Dozens of Lambeg drums will also add much sound to the occasion.
The County Armagh Twelfth rotates around the Districts in an 11-year cycle and this year it is the turn of Portadown District LOL No. 1 to host the celebrations. The District is the largest within Co Armagh, with 28 private lodges and almost 850 brethren.
The lodges of the host District will leave Carleton Street Orange Hall at 9.15am, and headed by Grand Lodge and County Grand Lodge Officers will proceed to the War Memorial in the centre of the town for a short memorial service, to commemorate all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars and other conflicts, including the Troubles. From there, the District will parade to Edenderry, to await the arrival of the first of the visiting Districts.
The main parade, led by Edgarstown Accordion Band and Portadown Ex-Servicemen’s LOL 608, will commence at 10.15am, and proceed through the town centre via Bridge Street, High Street, Market Street and Church Street to the demonstration field on the Armagh Road.
Portadown District will be followed by Richhill, Killylea, Loughgall, Lurgan, Newtownhamilton and Markethill Districts; the remainder of the Districts, namely, Armagh, Bessbrook, Tandragee and Keady will parade as they arrive, and by 12.45pm, all Districts should be in the demonstration field.
The Chair will be taken at 1.45pm by the County Grand Master, Denis Watson, and proceedings will include the traditional religious service and Act of Remembrance, conducted by the County Chaplains. The address will be given by Cecil Allen, Portadown District Chaplain. Following the service, the Twelfth resolutions will be proposed and passed.
The platform proceedings will conclude with the customary Resolution of Thanks, introduced by the Deputy County Grand Master, Joseph Campbell, who will also present the county shield for the best band on parade.
The return parade is scheduled to leave the demonstration field at 3pm, led by members of Killylea District LOL No 7, and reviewed by Grand Lodge and County officers.
To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme Portadown District commissioned the production of a commemorative coin to mark the historic event when so many laid down their lives. Meanwhile, Juniors in the District also produced a ‘carpet of poppies’ which will feature prominently at the town’s Cenotaph.
Ahead of the Twelfth celebrations a number of events will take place in Portadown, including a Somme Anniversary Service (1 July), the opening and dedication of the Somme memorial field (8 July), a family fun evening (9 July) and Hymns from the First World War (10 July).
KILKEEL – FLAGSHIP TWELFTH
One thousand Orangemen from the Mournes – representing the largest district in the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland – will be on parade in the harbour town of Kilkeel.
The stunning backdrop offered by the mountains and the Irish Sea provide the perfect setting for a Twelfth demonstration.
The day will be very much family orientated, with 14 of the 15 lodges taking part in the South Down procession, accompanied by their own band.
Visitors and holidaymakers are expected to swell the crowds enjoying the carnival atmosphere, including those from local caravan parks.
Among those stepping out will be the brethren of the biggest private Orange lodge, Ballyvea LOL 343a, which boasts 154 members. The lodge will have its new banner on display, as will Cumberland LOL 506 and Kilkeel True Blues LOL 1034.
Kilkeel lodges will leave Kilkeel Orange hall at 9.30am and walk several miles to the Council Road on the outskirts of the town. There, they will meet their fellow brethren and accompanying bands from Annalong and Ballymartin, before the entire district parades through the town, via Newcastle Road, Newcastle Street and Greencastle Road, to the demonstration field at Manse Road.
At the head of the parade will be a new district bannerette which commemorates those soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme.
Following refreshments, the platform proceedings are due to commence at 2.30pm. The return parade will get underway at 4pm.
A collection will be taken on the day in aid of Motor Neuron Disease.
The Twelfth marks the end of a memorable year for Mourne District following the opening of the impressive new Kilkeel Orange hall in late 2015. The contemporary building is regarded as one of the premier Orange properties in the Province.
The Kilkeel parade will follow the traditional Eleventh night pageant in the town, including an open air concert and an impressive fireworks display.
This year’s Twelfth parade to mark the 326th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne will leave Belfast Orange Hall, at Carlisle Circus, at 10am.
The colour party of the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast with the Millar Memorial Flute band will lead the parade as it makes its way along Clifton Street, Donegal Street, Royal Avenue, Castle Junction, Donegall Place to Belfast City Hall.
A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Cenotaph in the grounds of the City Hall as members of the Orange fraternity remember the sacrifice of those who served in two World Wars and in the line of duty throughout the Troubles. This year, the memorial service will be particularly poignant as the County Grand Lodge marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the bravery of those, in particular, who served with the 36th Ulster Division.
At approximately 10.40am, the parade will then proceed via Donegal Square West, Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Shaftsbury Square, Bradbury Place, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue and Malone Road to Barnetts Demesne.
Orangemen and women representing a total of nine districts – accompanied by approximately 60 bands – will walk the six-mile route, traditionally the longest of all the Twelfth demonstrations.
As usual, thousands of spectators including visitors from other countries are expected to line much of the route through the capital city. Most notable will be the large Scottish contingent who always travel to Belfast to both participate in and spectate at the procession. Among those taking part will be the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, Henry Dunbar.
Platform proceedings are due to commence at 2.45pm and the chairman for the afternoon will be the County Grand Master, George Chittick. The main address will be delivered by Mr Dunbar with the religious service conducted by the County Grand Chaplain, Rev Mervyn Gibson.
The parade is due to leave the field and proceed towards the city centre at 4.15pm.
The County Fermanagh Twelfth will be held in the village of Maguiresbridge, and is expected to attract large crowds – including many tourists - to the lakeland venue.
Renowned for its relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere, the Fermanagh Twelfth encompassing the entire county will also play host to visiting lodges from the Republic, representing Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan.
Southern brethren – who traditionally take pride of place at the front of the main parade – will join with 90 private lodges, members of the Association of Loyal Orangewomen and approximately 70 bands in one of the larger demonstrations across the Province.
Three newly formed Junior lodges will also be on parade at their first Twelfth, including young boys and girls from Ballinamallard and south Fermanagh.
This year, to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme the parade will be headed by First World War soldiers dressed in period costume.
They will be closely followed by the county standards, including the memorial bannerette, bearing the names of 31 members in Co Fermanagh murdered by terrorists, and now carried at the head of every county parade in their honour.
A total of 15 Fermanagh Districts - Enniskillen, Kinawley, Glenawley, Ballinamallard, Lisnarick, Pettigo, Magheraboy, Churchill, Maguiresbridge, Garrison, Tempo, Newtownbutler, Lisbellaw, Brookeborough, Lisnaskea and the host district, Maguiresbridge – will be accompanied by a wide variety of impressive local marching bands, comprising every musical genre.
Among the lodges on parade will be Ballindarragh LOL 689, who won the Best New Banner Award at this year’s Orange Community Awards. The banner includes an artistic portrayal of an Ulster Defence Regiment patrol coming under attack from IRA terrorists near Ballagh Cross in 1974.
Parade participants will gather next to an impressive new 3G sports pitch, developed by Maguiresbridge LOL No 14, which officially opened earlier this year. The Department for Communities provided £357,000 funding towards the facility through the Regional Shared Sports Facility pilot programme, which is aimed at developing community relations in the village and surrounding area.
Lodges and bands will move off at 12.30pm from the assembly point at Killyshambley on the Tempo Road before proceeding through the village to the demonstration field on the Lisnaskea Road.
The platform proceedings and religious service will commence at 2.30pm. The formalities will be chaired by the most senior Orangeman in the county, Fermanagh County Grand Master Stuart Brooker. The guest speaker will be Abraham Storey, County Cavan Grand Chaplain.
County Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge has a reputation for hosting various groups at the Twelfth, and 2016 will be no different. A number of cross-party MPs and support staff from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee at Westminster are expected to be in attendance.
The last time the Twelfth was in Maguiresbridge was in 2006.
The Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, will be among those taking part in the largest Orange parade in Co Londonderry.
Approximately 3,000 Orangemen, representing a total of 60 lodges, will step out in the market town as it hosts it third Twelfth demonstration since 2011.
As is traditional, members of Limavady District will be joined by brethren from the surrounding areas of Coleraine, Macosquin, the city of Londonderry, as well as County Donegal and Scotland.
Over 50 bands will add to the carnival atmosphere.
The large number of spectators, expected to be as many as 10,000 people, will likely include many holidaymakers staying on the north coast, enjoying the sights and sounds of an Orange parade in the Roe Valley.
The main procession will commence at 12 noon from Church Street, led by Limavady District LOL No 6, and will move through the town centre via Ballyclose Street, Main Street, Linenhall Street, Catherine Street, Roemill Road, William Street, Protestant Street, Catherine Street, Irish Green Street and Roemill Gardens to the Limavady Orange field.
At the field, platform proceedings will commence at 2pm under the chairmanship of Samuel Calvin, Deputy County Grand Master of County Londonderry. The religious service will be conducted by Rev Joe Andrews, County Londonderry Grand Chaplain.
The main speaker on the day will be the Grand Master, Edward Stevenson.
Following the religious service, the return parade is due to commence at 3.45pm.
Large crowds are expected to converge in Castledawson for the annual South Londonderry demonstration.
The Mid-Ulster village is hosting the Twelfth for the first time since 2001.
There will be a total of eight districts on parade, including Castledawson, as well as Moneymore, Magherafelt, Garvagh, Kilrea, Ballyronan, Tamlaght O’Crilly and Tobermore.
Up to 50 bands will join with approximately 60 lodges and proceed through the village, with the main parade moving off at 12 noon from the Hill Road. It will then proceed across the River Moyola and through the village to the demonstration field on the Magherafelt Road.
Platform proceedings are due to get underway at 2pm and the religious service will be led by a local chaplain, Rev Nigel Kane. The guest speaker will be Londonderry County Grand Master, Hugh Stewart. The senior Orangeman is also the District Master of neighbouring district, Magherafelt LOL No 3.
One of Tyrone’s smallest villages will play host to the county’s largest Twelfth parade.
Large crowds are expected to descend between the Sperrins and Lough Neagh to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.
Upwards of 70 lodges will be on parade, representing seven districts, and they will be accompanied by over 50 bands.
Joining Coagh brethren on parade will be Orangemen and women from Stewartstown, Cookstown, Castlecaulfield, Pomeroy, Benburb and Killyman.
Organisers anticipate as many as 10,000 spectators will line the parade route, with holidaymakers also expected to sample a Twelfth parade for the first time.
The main procession will set off at 12.30pm from the assembly field on the Ruskey Road, before proceeding down Tamlaght Hill, Coagh Bridge and through the village to the demonstration field on the Drumconvis Road.
Among the dignitaries on the day will be the County Tyrone Grand Master, Jim Emery. The guest speaker at the field will be Rev William Anderson, who is the County Armagh Grand Chaplain.
Tamlaghtmore LOL 198 from Coagh District will have their new banner on show as the lodge parades through its home village. Significantly, the banner marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It will be one of many on display across the Province, as the Institution commemorates the seminal event in European history.
Orangemen and women representing six districts will be on parade in west Tyrone on the biggest day in the Orange calendar.
Over 5,000 participants are expected to take part in the Twelfth demonstration in Newtownstewart, which is hosting the annual festival for the first time since 2010.
Joining members of Newtownstewart District LOL No 11, will be representatives of up to 60 local lodges from neighbouring Omagh, Sixmilecross, Fintona, Killen and Strabane.
This is a part of the world where there is a strong piping tradition and pipe bands will provide most of the music, although there will be numerous flute and accordion bands on parade as well.
It will be a special day for the members of Glentimon LOL 386, as the lodge celebrates its 120th anniversary this year. Also on display for the first time at the Twelfth will be the banner of Eden Faith Defenders LOL 39, which was recently dedicated.
The main parade will move off at 12.30pm from the assembly field on the Strabane Road and proceed along Millbrook Lane, Mourne Park, Oldcastle Road, Dublin Street, Main Street, Castle Brae, Douglas Road via The Old Bridge, Castle Brae via Abercorn Bridge to the demonstration field at Miller’s Holm.
Ahead of the religious service, Ulster Scots entertainment will take place on the platform.
The main speaker will be the Rev David Reid, a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
Also in attendance will be County Tyrone Deputy Grand Master, Perry Reid, and other senior county representatives.
Twenty five lodges from two districts – Annahoe and Fivemiletown – will be on parade at this year’s Clogher Valley Twelfth in Aughnacloy.
Maintaining a long-held tradition, a number of lodges from neighbouring Co Monaghan will also be present.
Lodges and bands will assemble on the Caledon Road with the main parade moving off at 12.30pm. It will proceed along Moore Street to the finger post at Augher Road, before returning via Moore Street to the demonstration field at Aughnacloy College.
Among the musicians stepping out at the close-knit Tyrone demonstration will be Murley Silver Band, who recently attained fourth place at the European Brass Band Association Championships in France. Also on parade will be the distinctive sound of the Brian Boru pipes, played by Glenageeragh Pipe Band.
Ahead of the religious service, a mass pipe band composed of all the pipers and drummers from Annahoe District will entertain those present in the field.
The guest speaker on the day will be Canon Mark Watson, County Fermanagh Grand Chaplain.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the Twelfth in Donaghadee, an area rich in Orange history.
The Duke of Schomberg – King William’s second-in-command – along with his army arrived in nearby Groomsport to pave the way for King William III to cross the sea from England ahead of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
The North Down parade on the peninsula coastline will be headed by Upper Ards District followed by Newtownards, Holywood and Bangor Districts. Hosting this year’s procession are members of locally-based Henry Ferguson Memorial LOL 836.
The main parade will move off at 12 noon and proceed via Warren Road, Shore Street, The Parade, Manor Street and Millisle Road, to the demonstration field at the Commons.
More than 50 lodges will be on parade and a large number of Orangemen from England and Scotland are also expected. Among those stepping out will be members of Greyabbey LOL 1592, who will be parading their new banner at its first Twelfth demonstration.
To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the parade will be led by re-enactors dressed in period World War One uniforms. The group will also provide a period re-enactment camp in the demonstration field.
The Donaghadee Fife and Drumming Club will provide musical entertainment prior to the religious service.
The guest speaker will be David Scott, Services and Outreach Manager with the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
Almost 70 lodges and 40 bands will take part in the Twelfth in Comber.
Five districts will be represented – Comber, Saintfield, Lecale, Castlewellan and Ballynahinch.
The Twelfth is held in the town every five years and the crowds spectating will be able to see a wide variety of bands, including silver, flute, pipe and accordion.
Comber sits at the gateway to the tourism area of Strangford and is rich in historical significance. The centerpiece of the town is its famous square, which is one of the best preserved in the Province. The square is dominated by a statue of Major General Rollo Gillespie, a soldier who served the British forces with distinction in the early 1800’s. Since its erection in 1845, the statue has witnessed many Twelfth parades.
This year on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the square will be decorated with 12 specially commissioned bannerettes marking the sacrifice of local Orangemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the front line.
During the procession, worshipful masters of individual lodges will symbolically place poppy crosses at the Cenotaph’s garden of remembrance.
The main parade will commence at 12.30pm from Park Way Playing Fields and will proceed through the town via Park Way, Killinchy Street, The Square, High Street, Braeside, Ballygowan Road, Railway Street, Orange Hall Lane, Brownlow Street, Glen Road, Mill Street, Castle Street (left at SuperValu to) Bridge Street Link, Bridge Street, The Square, Killinchy Street and Park Way before returning to the Playing Fields for a religious service.
The guest speaker will be Rev Stanley Gamble, a Grand Chaplain with the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, who will also conduct the service. Among the senior Orangemen on the platform will be the County Down Deputy Grand Master, Kyle McIlwrath.
The return parade is due to commence at 4.15pm.
Approximately 100 lodges and up to 80 bands are expected to take part in the Twelfth in Dromore.
Organisers anticipate as many as 20,000 people will be in attendance to enjoy the pageantry and the music, as the town plays host to the largest demonstration in Co Down.
A total of eight districts will take part in proceedings – with Orangemen and women from Bann Valley, Rathfriland, Banbridge, Lower Iveagh West, Loughbrickland, Gilford and Newry on parade with host district, Lower Iveagh.
A number of Lambeg drums and all genres of music provided by a host of high calibre bands will add to the carnival atmosphere.
The main parade will leave Ballymacormick Road at 12 noon and parade through the town centre to the demonstration field, located on the Lurgan Road.
All parade participants will pass under an impressive Orange arch, located in Market Square, which was formally dedicated last summer.
Among the senior Orangemen on the platform at the field will be the Grand Master of County Down, Sam Walker, who will provide the main address.
The return parade is due to commence at 3.45pm.
Dromore is hosting its first Twelfth demonstration in 16 years, having last held the annual event in the 2000.
Orangemen will be following in the footsteps of heroes at this year’s East Antrim Combine Twelfth in Randalstown.
On the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, parade participants will symbolically proceed to the town’s Dunmore Park which was used as a military training camp during the First World War. Young local volunteers from the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 14th Royal Irish Rifles were among those trained at the site, ahead of their deployment to the front line in France.
As well as the venue for a religious service following the main procession, part of the Shane’s Castle estate will also feature a special World War One exhibition on the day.
Organisers of the event, Staffordstown District LOL No 15, are hosting their first Twelfth in ten years. They will step out with eight other districts, encompassing approximately 70 private lodges. Adding to the spectacle will be over 50 marching bands.
Joining local brethren will be Orangemen and women representative of the neighbouring Larne, Sixmilewater, Antrim, Killead, Carrickfergus, Randalstown, Cloughfern and Carnmoney Districts.
The main parade will leave Shane Street at 11am and proceed through the town on its way to Dunmore Park.
A number of lodges will have new banners on parade, including Staffordstown LOL 704 and Hillstown LOL 176. Their banners and the others will be carried under the Randalstown and Staffordstown United Districts Orange arch, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The service at the field will be taken by Rev Robert Campbell. Also on the platform will be Jim McHarg, who is the Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland.
The return parade is due to commence at 4pm.
The city of Lisburn will host the South Antrim Combine Twelfth for the first time in seven years.
A total of seven districts – totaling more than 70 individual lodges - will participate in the parade, led by Lisburn brethren, who will be followed by Magheragall, Ballinderry, Derriaghy, Hillsborough, Aghalee and Glenavy.
Orangemen, women and juniors will be accompanied by approximately 50 bands for the colourful occasion, which typically attracts a large number of spectators.
The Lagan Valley has special significance on the Twelfth, given King William visited Lisburn Castle and inspected troops at nearby Blaris Moor, before stopping at Hillsborough, on route to the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
The event is scheduled to get underway at 11.30am, with the parade commencing from the assembly point of Wallace Park. It will then proceed through the city via Magheralave Road, Railway Street, Market Square, Market Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Governors Road, Thiepval Road, Prince William Road and Knockmore Road to the demonstration point at Ballymacross Playing Fields.
Among the lodges on parade will be LOL 1981, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. Ballymacash LOL 317 will also step out with a new banner, depicting scenes from the Battle of the Somme. It was shortlisted in the Best New Banner Award category at this year’s Orange Community Awards.
The return parade is due to leave Ballymacross at 4.15pm, heading back towards the city.
Upwards of 30 lodges and accompanying bands will take part in the annual Twelfth in Ballymena.
The town is the only one in Northern Ireland which has a Twelfth parade every year.
Orangemen and 15 bands will assemble at Wakehurst Road at 12.30pm and proceed through the town via Queens Street, Harryville Bridge, Waveney Road, Galgorm Road, Pentagon, Lower Mill Street, Ballymoney Street and Thomas Street to the People’s Park on the Doury Road.
This year the honour of hosting the parade belongs to the members of St Patrick’s Church Temperance LOL 1123. The lodge is synonymous with organising the annual St Patrick’s commemoration parade and church service in the town.
There is always a strong Scottish presence in Ballymena for the Twelfth and this year the Past Grand Master of Scotland, Magnus Bain, will be the guest speaker.
Among the platform party at the field will be the County Antrim Grand Master Robin Matthews, district officers and officers from the host lodge.
The religious service will be conducted by Rev Ian McClean, a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
The picturesque village of Glenarm will play host to this year’s Braid Twelfth, traditionally one of the smaller parades.
A total of 11 lodges – representing upwards of 400 Orangemen – will be accompanied by eight bands and a number of Lambeg drums.
Host lodge, Carnalbana True Blues LOL 595, will have the honour of leading the procession through the coastal venue.
The main parade, commencing at 12 noon, will proceed through the village from the assembly point on the Coast Road via Mark Street, The Vennel, Coast Road and Ballymena Road to the field at Straitkeilly Road.
The demonstration field will certainly provide one of the best views in the Province as the west coast of Scotland is visible, across the North Channel, from its vantage point on a clear day.
The guest speaker on the platform will be North Antrim MLA and TUV leader, Jim Allister. The religious address will be provided by Raymond Adams.
Glenarm last hosted a Twelfth parade in 2012.
The distinctive and unique sound of the Lambeg drum will be very apparent at this year’s Triangle Combine Parade, held in Ahoghill.
The Co Antrim village, outside Ballymena, is expected to play host to the largest contingent of the acoustic instrument on parade throughout the Province, with impromptu drumming sessions adding to the carnival atmosphere.
A total of 16 lodges – accompanied by nine bands – will take part in the close-knit demonstration, which is held on other years in Cullybackey and Portglenone.
The main parade is due to commence from the Galgorm Road (main Ballymena line)/ Killane Road junction at 12.30pm, and then proceed towards the village centre via the Portglenone line, Glebe Road, Church Street, through the Diamond area to the Village Playing Fields on the Cullybackey Road.
The guest speaker on the day will be Rev Sherrard McKay, chaplain of Cullybackey District.
One of most senior Orangemen in the United Kingdom will be in attendance at the North Antrim Twelfth demonstration.
The Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of England, Ron Bather, will be the guest speaker and participate in the scenic parade through the coastal town.
Over 40 lodges from five districts – Bushmills, Ballycastle, Cloughmills, Rasharkin and Ballymoney – will be accompanied by approximately 30 bands and a number of Lambeg drums.
The parade is held in Ballycastle every five years. Orangemen and bands will assemble at the Ramoan Playing Fields and move off at 1pm.
The outward route will proceed via Ramoan Road, Church Road, Coleraine Road, Castle Street, The Diamond, Ann Street, Rathlin Road, Strandview Road, North Street, Quay Road to Quay Road Playing Fields for the religious service.