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The south West down Twelfth celebrations for 2019 will be held in Rathfriland. The district hosts the celebrations every 8 years and is the largest parade in County Down with 95 Lodges and 60 bands taking part in the procession watched by thousands of spectators.

Orangemen and women from neighbouring districts from Lower Iveagh West, Banbridge, Bann Valley, Lower Iveagh, Loughbrickland, Gilford and Newry will be on parade. The parade will leave the assembly field on Newry Road at 12 noon and proceed through the town, laying a wreath at the Cenotaph before making its way to the demonstration field on the Castlewellan Road where participants will have a panoramic view of the Mourne Mountains.

Pre 12th celebrations will take place with the opening of a new arch on Wednesday 3rd July at 7.30pm. A real family night out will be the Tattoo which will be held in the square of the town on Tuesday 9th July. This will be a memorable event with local bands and musicians taking part.

On Wednesday night 10th July, an “It’s a Knockout” family fun night will take place in the town square also from 7.30pm.

Deputy Grand Master Harold Henning, County Grand Master Sam Walker, and Deputy Junior Grand Master Joseph Magill will be in attendance. County Grand Chaplain Rev. Victor Neil will lead the religious service and Rathfriland District Chaplain Harry Baxter will deliver the address.

The parade will leave the field at 4.00pm headed by Newry District who will play host to the 2020 celebrations.