50,000 to go on the march at 18 Orange 12th parades

Orangemen will be parading at venues across the Province on Saturday for the annual Twelfth celebrations
Orangemen will be parading at venues across the Province on Saturday for the annual Twelfth celebrations

The Twelfth will be celebrated by Orangemen and women at 18 main demonstrations on Saturday, with an estimated 50,000 lodge members and band members taking part.

Fourteen hundred lodges, headed by more than 800 bands, will provide a colourful spectacle, with lodges from the Republic’s border counties and Scotland, England and the United States taking part.

Seventeen of the demonstrations are organised by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, with the Independent Orange Order lodges meeting in Portrush.


The entire Co Londonderry Orange fraternity come together for the first time in 14 years.

Upwards of 30,000 people are expected to attend this demonstration as city meets country, with brethren from the city joining county peers.

Eleven districts – Castledawson, Coleraine, Magherafelt, Garvagh, Kilrea, Ballyronan, Macosquin, Tamlaght O’Crilly, Moneymore, Tobermore and Limavady – will join Orangemen from five city districts, three from the city, Raphoe (Co Donegal) and Claudy. They will be led by 90 bands.

The main parade moves off at 11.30am, taking in Limavady town centre to the Orange field on the outskirts of the town.

Deputy Grand Master of Ireland, the Rev Alastair Smyth, will deliver the main address. Mr Smyth is a member of Bellarena Faith Defenders LOL 984. He will be joined by the Grand Master of England Ron Bather, and Charles Cefferty, from Scotland Grand Lodge.

A lodge from Nevada in the United States – Las Vegas Purple Star LOL 212 – will join Dungiven brethren in the parade.


The Co Armagh Twelfth demonstration is regarded as the largest gathering of Orangemen on the day.

Eleven district lodges will be on parade, comprising 154 private lodges and 5,000 brethren. In addition, members of the women’s institution will be present, along with junior boys and two junior girls’ lodges. Eighty bands will lead the lodges.

The ‘Diamond County’ is renowned for the Lambeg drum and dozens will accompany the brethren.

This year, Co Armagh brethren are celebrating commencement of work to renovate the Sloan’s House museum and interpretive centre at Loughgall, where the first Orange warrants were signed after the Battle of the Diamond in 1795.

Lodges of the host Markethill district will hold a short memorial service before the main parade, for 10 local brethren murdered by the IRA.

Markethill district will be followed by Richhill, Killylea, Portadown, Lurgan, Newtownhamilton, Armagh, Keady, Loughgall, Bessbrook and Tandragee districts.


Larne is the venue for the south and east Antrim Orange combine demonstration. The celebrations follow on from the historic Ulster gun-running centenary commemorations organised by Larne district earlier this year.

Upwards of 20,000 people are expected to watch the procession of 70 lodges and 50 bands, from nine districts – Carnmoney, Randalstown, Staffordstown, Killead, Antrim, Sixmilewater, Carrickfergus, Cloughfern and Larne. Members of the women’s Orange association and a number of junior lodges will also take part. The main parade commences at Inver Road at 11am, proceeding through the town centre to Sandy Bay.

Among the platform party for the religious service will be senior Larne district officers as well as East Antrim Combine officials.


Sandy Row district will head this year’s Twelfth parade in the capital city, with the parade leaving Carlisle Circus at 10am.

Millar Memorial flute band will lead County Grand Lodge officers and guests, along Donegall Street, Royal Avenue, Castle Junction and Donegall Place to the City Hall for a wreath-laying ceremony.

At 10.30am after the act of remembrance, Orangemen from nine districts, and 60 bands, will proceed via Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue and Malone Road to the demonstration field at Barnett Demesne. A large Scottish contingent will join the Belfast lodges.

Belfast Grand Master George Chittick will preside at platform proceedings, with resolutions read by Belfast chaplain the Rev Mervyn Gibson, and the Glasgow Grand Master Edward Hyde.

The parade will leave the field and proceed back to the city centre at 4.15pm. Once again, Belfast City Hall will be illuminated in orange and purple prior to dawn and at dusk on the Twelfth evening.


Orangemen from the Republic’s border counties will be given pride of place at the Co Fermanagh demonstration.

The lodges from Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan will head the parade of 100 lodges and 70 bands. Members of the Orangewomen’s association and a new junior lodge from Brookeborough, will also parade.

King William on horseback, accompanied by foot soldiers, will also take part.

The parade will fittingly come under the shadow of Irvinestown’s most recognisable landmark – the Clock Tower on Main Street. There, are the remains of an old parish church, where a section of the Williamite army worshipped and quartered on their way to the battle of the Boyne.

The Co Fermanagh memorial bannerette, bearing the names of 31 members in Co Fermanagh, murdered by IRA terrorists, will be carried.

There are 15 Fermanagh districts – Enniskillen, Kinawley, Florencecourt, Ballinamallard, Pettigo, Magheraboy, Churchill, Maguiresbridge, Garrison, Tempo, Newtownbutler, Lisbellaw, Brookeborough, Lisnaskea and the host district, Lisnarick.

The main parade begins at 12.30pm from Lisnarick Road over the two-mile route to the field at Kesh Road. Chairing proceedings will be Fermanagh County Master Stuart Brooker, with the main speaker the Rev Rodney Beacom.


Fifty North Down lodges and bands will step out under the shadow of the landmark Scrabo Tower.

Joining Newtownards brethren will be Holywood, Upper Ards and Bangor districts, as well as visiting participants from England, Scotland and Wales.

Thousands of spectators will line the streets for the parade which commences at noon from John Street, proceeding through the town centre to the demonstration field at Dairy Hall playing fields.

Co Down Grand Master Victor Harrison will be joined at platform proceedings by the Grand Chaplain the Rev Ron Johnstone, and Strangford DUP MP Jim Shannon. Following the religious service and entertainment provided at the field, the return parade will leave at 4.30pm.


Upwards of 20,000 people will enjoy the colour and pageantry of the biggest Co Down demonstration, with 100 lodges and 70 bands parading.

Eight districts will take part – Lower Iveagh, Rathfriland, Banbridge, Lower Iveagh West, Bann Valley, Newry, Loughbrickland and Gilford.

The parade starts on the Portadown Road at noon, ending at the Orange field on Scarva Road.

The short walk should be a breeze for members of Banbridge Bible and Crown Defenders LOL 423 who completed a 945-mile charity fund-raiser from John O’Groats to Lands End in aid of military charity, Help for Heroes. In June, lodge brethren, along with Scottish peers, cycled the epic journey with a Lambeg drum in tow, raising £30,000.


An award-winning Orange banner will be on display as part of the Twelfth festivities in the Co Down village.

Brethren from Goldsprings of Comber LOL 1037 will proudly carry their artistic portrayal of Oliver Cromwell, recipient of the best new banner award at this year’s Orange community awards.

The Comber Orangemen will be among 70 lodges and 40 bands parading, with five districts represented – Comber, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan and Lecale. The parade, starting from Belfast Road, Seaforde at noon, will proceed to the demonstration field at Dundrum Road.


The largest individual lodge stepping out in the Mourne parade will be Ballyvea LOL 343a, with 150 members.

Fourteen of the 15 Mourne lodges on parade will have their own band, comprising 1,500 marchers.

Kilkeel lodges will leave at 11am and walk several miles to the outskirts of the town to meet brethren from Annalong and Ballymartin, before the district passes through the town to the demonstration field at Manse Road. At platform proceedings, guest speaker will be Rev Kenneth Hanna, a local chaplain.


Grand Master of Ireland Edward Stevenson will join an estimated 20,000 people at the south and east Tyrone demonstration.

Sovereign Grand Master of the Royal Black Institution, Millar Farr, and Grand Mistress of the Association of Loyal Orangewomen of Ireland, Olive Whitten, will also attend.

Host district Killyman will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, with men in period dress heading the parade.

Joining Killyman brethren will be Orangemen from six other districts – Stewartstown, Cookstown, Castlecaulfield, Pomeroy, Coagh and Benburb. The 70 lodges will be headed by 50 bands.

The main parade leaves Lord Northland Memorial Park, Moy Road at 12.30pm, proceeding through the town centre, before returning for a religious service.


Six districts will parade with 5,000 Orangemen and band members taking part.

Joining Omagh District LOL No 11, will be 60 west Tyrone lodges from Sixmilecross, Fintona, Newtownstewart, Killen and Strabane.

The main parade begins at Campsie Playing Fields at noon, proceeding the two-mile route through the town centre, returning to the playing fields for the religious service.

Among the platform party will be Omagh District Master Robert Cummings and Deputy Grand Chaplain the Rev Harry Cairns. The guest speaker is assistant Grand Master of Ireland Harold Henning.


One of the smallest parades is the Clogher Valley demonstration.

The procession will once again have a cross-border element with brethren from Co Monaghan walking with local lodges.

Thirty lodges from three districts – Truagh, Fivemiletown and Annahoe – will take part in what is renowned as a family-friendly atmosphere.

The parade starts at Church Street at noon, proceeding to the demonstration field at Dungannon Road. County Grand Master James Emery will preside, with guest speaker deputy chaplain, Pastor Roy Graham.


The Braid Twelfth is traditionally one of the smallest demonstrations.

Eleven lodges, with 350 Orangemen, will be led by nine bands and a number of Lambeg drums. Host lodge Lisnamurrican LOL No 523 will head the marchers.

The main parade starts at noon from the Ballymena-Broughshane Road, through the village to the field at Rathkeel/Buckna roads. Guest speaker will be North Antrim UUP MLA Robin Swann.


Past Grand Master of Ireland Robert Saulters will join the 30 Ballymena lodges.

The lodges and 15 bands assemble on Waveney Road at 12.30pm, parading through the town centre from Galgorm Road to Ballee playing fields.

There are 1,000 Orangemen in Ballymena district and the hosts this year are Crimson Banner LOL No 961. The religious service will be conducted by chaplain the Rev Ian McClean.


This small north Antrim demonstration will have 16 lodges from three districts – Cullybackey, Ahoghill and Portglenone. At least half of the lodges will be accompanied by Lambeg drums.

The parade starts at 12.30pm. The field service will be conducted by the Rev Richard McKay.


Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Drew Nelson, will speak at the south Antrim demonstration.

Seven districts (70 lodges) from Ballinderry, Derriaghy, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Aghalee, Glenavy and Magheragall, will be led by 50 bands.

The main parade starts at 11.30am, through the village and to the field at Lower Ballinderry Road. The return parade commences at 4.30pm.


There will be a strong Scottish contingent among participants at the main north Antrim parade, with a number of Scottish bands and brethren, along with the Scottish Grand Master Henry Dunbar.

They will joined by 40 lodges from five districts – Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle, Rasharkin and Cloughmills. The parade sets off from the Showgrounds at 1pm, through the town centre before returning to the Showgrounds for a religious service.


The 20 lodges and bands from the Independent Orange Order will parade through the picturesque north Antrim coastal resort.

Resolutions at the field will reaffirm full commitment to the Reformed Protestant religion and loyalty to the Queen and the British Monarchy.

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey will be one of the speakers, with the Grand Master Alan McLean presiding at the religious service, which be conducted by the Rev John Higginson.

Several lodges will be accompanied by Lambeg drums.