More than 1000 loyalists have gathered in north Belfast to mark the 100th day of protest against a Parades Commission determination which did not allow bands to complete their route past Ardoyne shops on July 12.
The protest was held as central Belfast faces another mass loyalist parade to mark the year anniversary of Belfast City Council voting to end flag flying the Union Flag every day.
It has emerged that up to 5000 loyalists and 40 bands have applied to walk along Donegall Place and Royal Avenue on November 30 - the fourth Saturday before Christmas and one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
DUP Councillor Brian Kingston said the speakers on Saturday, at the protest, were senior Belfast Orangeman Nelson McCausland and County Grand Master of Belfast, George Chittick.
Addressing the crowds, Mr McCausland said it was 100 days since the Parades Commission took the “iniquitous decision” not to allow “brethren and bands” to return home to Ligoniel.
He said: “The entire system of the Parades Commission is a corrupt and there had been bad commission’s in the past, but the current commission is the worst that we have ever seen.”
He added that their decision was “incoherent, inconsistent” and “demonstrated their prejudice against the Orange Order”.
He said that for 150 years Orange brethren had used the road but that “this was the first year they banned them from returning home”.
Councillor Kingston said those in attendance on Saturday “stand united in support of the Ligoniel lodges”.
He added that Saturday saw a “first” in that organisers invited “standards and banners” from bands to be brought along.
“A lot of the bands sent their colour parties to take part in parade,” he added.
“The demonstration, one of the larest for some time, ended after the speeches.”