In pictures: Apprentice Boys out in force in Londonderry

Musket fire during the pageant at the annual Apprentice Boys' parade on Saturday

Musket fire during the pageant at the annual Apprentice Boys' parade on Saturday

A large-scale annual loyalist gathering snaked its way along the streets and old walls of Londonderry at the weekend.

The Apprentice Boys’ gathering, billed as involving as many as 12,000 members of the organisation, took place on Saturday, marking the ‘Relief of Derry’.

An Apprentice Boy tries to catch some bubbles during the annual  parade

An Apprentice Boy tries to catch some bubbles during the annual parade

One part of the spectacle saw costume-clad musket men firing into the air as crowds looked on.

The annual Apprentice Boys parade on Saturday in Londonderry, which marks the lifting of the siege which lasted from 1688 to 1689.

The annual Apprentice Boys parade on Saturday in Londonderry, which marks the lifting of the siege which lasted from 1688 to 1689.