Throngs of people, waving flags and children beating toy drums, began to gather along the streets of Newtownards well before midday on Saturday.
The rain stayed off and there was a buzz of anticipation in the air as deckchairs were set up, fish and chips tucked into, and ice creams bought by parents for their impatient children, anxious to catch a glimpse of the bands.
Finally, the procession, 50 bands and associated Lodges from Bangor, Newtownards, Comber, Upper Ards and Holywood, began to snake its way through the town.
The parade was led off by members of LOL District No 4, Newtownards, host of the event, followed by the first of a series of flute bands.
Amongst the bands were several from mainland Britain, and some spectators had also travelled thousands of miles, including Crystal Tang from Canada, whose partner Bryan Hargan was walking with 1919 Lodge.
The walking Lodge members also included many young and female faces, proving the wide appeal the Order obviously has in this part of the province.
For full report and pictures see Monday’s News Letter.