Six Royal Black parades to climax marching season

More than 360 preceptories will parade on August 27
More than 360 preceptories will parade on August 27

The loyal order marching season climaxes on Saturday August 27, with six major Black demonstrations across Northern Ireland and in Co Donegal.

Members of the 17,000-strong Royal Black Institution will be on parade at Lisburn, Ballymena, Portadown, Loughgall, Castlederg and Raphoe (Co Donegal).

Upwards of 360 preceptories will be headed by more than 300 bands, a number from the Irish Republic and Scotland.

The biggest parade will be in Lisburn where 107 preceptories from Co Down will parade through the city centre from Wallace Park to the Barbour Playing Fields.

The Co Antrim demonstration will be in Ballymena where 79 preceptories will be led by 75 bands. The parade begins at the Showgrounds passing through the town to Ballee Playing Fields.

City of Belfast Grand Black Chapter demonstration will be in Portadown, where 59 preceptories and 33 bands will take part.

In Loughgall, 60 preceptories from west Armagh and south and east Tyrone will be on parade, with a similar number of bands.

In Castlederg, 24 preceptories and bands are a feature of the west Tyrone parade.

The Co Londonderry demonstration of 30 preceptories and bands will be at Raphoe village in east Donegal. A Black demonstration was last there in 2005.