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Today and tomorrow mark the start of the loyal order parading season with major demonstrations taking place in east Belfast and Larne.

Up to 5,000 people are expected to take part in today’s parade hosted by the Belfast and District Amalgamated Committee of the Apprentice Boys.

There is special significance this year as the event – which is rotated around the organisation’s various amalgamated committees – marks the 300th anniversary of the first Apprentice Boys Club being formed in 1714.

A total of 60 clubs from across Northern Ireland, Scotland and England will take part, headed by more than 50 bands.

In north Belfast up to 150 nationalist residents are expected at two separate protests against the Faith Defenders Clifton Branch parade which passes St Patrick’s Catholic church on Donegall Street.

Both the Carrick Hill and Greater New Lodge concerned residents’ groups have notified the Parades Commission of their intentions.

Tomorrow Junior Orange lodges from Belfast, east Antrim, south Antrim and north Down will parade in Larne.

Thirty bands will head the junior members in a 2,000-strong demonstration. The main parade will leave Circular Road at 12.30pm and proceed through the town centre to Sandy Bay Park.

This year’s parade is being held in the Co Antrim town to mark the centenary of the 1914 gun-running.

 

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