Organisers call off Glengormley band parade

Monkstown Young Citizen Volunteers were one of eight bands due to take part in the United Orange Districts parade in Glengormley.
Monkstown Young Citizen Volunteers were one of eight bands due to take part in the United Orange Districts parade in Glengormley.

A loyalist band parade that had been scheduled to take place in Glengormley tomorrow evening (April 29) has been called off.

Organisers of the event, the United Orange Districts Committee, decided to cancel the demonstration in support of the Ligoniel lodges and the ‘Let Them Home’ campaign after a determination from the Parades Commission banning Orange brethren and bandsmen from marching through the centre of Glengormley.

In a statement issued through the Orange Order, a spokesman for the United Orange Districts accused the Parades Commission of having an “anti-Orange agenda” and “promoting segregation by denying shared space in the centre of Glengormley.”

The Orange Order confirmed that the application for the Glengormley parade was officially withdrawn by the organisers on Monday, April 27.

The United Orange Districts is now considering staging “a protest parade” in the coming weeks.

Despite the official event being called off, it’s understood there have been calls made on social media for loyalists to defy the Parades Commission’s ruling and gather in the town on Wednesday evening for “a parade of solidarity.”