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The Twelfth: Northern Ireland Parades Commission condemned in speeches

Huge crowds line the streets at 18 venues as Orange grand master accuses commission of ‘unending discrimination’ over its restrictions on marches

By Rebecca Black

Published 13/07/2016

A young Orange band member looks up at the camera as he holds his banner before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A young Orange band member looks up at the camera as he holds his banner before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Orange bandsmen share a joke before they take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Female Orange lodge members show off their matching tattoos before taking part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangeman poses for a portrait before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangeman lights up his pipe before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Men in period costume wait for the start as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Men in period costume parade as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
The parade marches past police, keeping Nationalist protestors away from a Loyalist feeder parade, passing the Nationalist Ardoyne shops on its way to join the main 12th July celebrations on July 12, 2016, the return parade has been banned from returning passed the shops this evening. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
An Orangewoman from Glasgow, poses for a photograph as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangemen, some in period costume wait for the start, as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
An Orangeman with an orange lily watches, as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangewomen take a selfie photograph beside a police landrover, as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangemen wearing union jack braces watches on as thousands take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Orangemen lead as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangemen lead the main parade as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Female band members dressed in military outfits from the first world war take a selfie on a smartphone before they take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangeman watches from under the shade of a tree as thousands of Orangemen and bandsmen take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: The leading party of Orangemen stand to attention as they wait for the beginning of the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange bandsman screams into the camera as he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange bandsman screams into the camera as he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange Flute band takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangeman displays his Sash before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A young band member throws his baton skywards as thousands of Orangemen and bandsmen take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
An Orangeman poses for a portrait before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
A young band member poses for a photograph as thousands of Orangemen and bandsmen take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Gavin Robinson MP and his son Reuben join Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2016 - Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2016 - Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/16 The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on IrelandÕs east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/16 The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on IrelandÕs east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on IrelandÕs east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Amanda Campbell and Joanne Liddle from Scotland pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Kyle Brown from Dondonald pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Two-year-old Seth Thompson from Rosetta watches the parade on the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Glasgow County Lodge members(L-R) Mark Kirkland, Eddie McGonnell, Kirsty Gardner and Gina McNee pose for a selfie as the parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Elle Knowles(4) with her cousin Phoebe(2) watch the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Norma Moore, Jodie Moore(8) and Thomasena Hunt wait for the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way into the field. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Andrew Thompson with his two-year-old son Seth from Rosetta. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Zac Jamison(3) and Marcus Toan(7) wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Brothers Roman(3&left) and Reuben McKinney(2) from Templepatrick play the drums as they want for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Marcus Toan waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Chelsea Pensioner Sam Cameron and seven-year-old Conor Boyd wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The Orange Institution is an "integral part of the cultural fabric of this country - and is flourishing", Grand Master Edward Stevenson has said.

The Orange Order chief made the comments as he addressed the Twelfth demonstration at Limavady yesterday and 18 major parades took place in towns and villages across Northern Ireland.

Thousands of people lined the streets as brethren and women's lodges stepped out in time with hundreds of bands dressed in brightly coloured uniforms and playing flutes, accordions and even silver instruments in some locations, with the familiar sound of the Lambeg drum augmenting many.

The parades made their way to demonstration fields for refreshments and to hear speeches made by some of the most high profile figures in the Orange Order.

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Mr Stevenson lashed the Parades Commission during his address in Limavady.

He said the "unending institutional discrimination by the Parades Commission" needed to be addressed.

He also spoke of his pride at the size of the Twelfth celebrations this year.

"On the 326th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne, tens of thousands are once again maintaining a long-standing tradition and expressing their cultural heritage in a manner befitting of the occasion," he said.

"Surely there is no other event on these islands that can bring such huge numbers of people on to the streets to enjoy our parades, either by taking part or simply to watch them go by?"

The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Samantha and Jorja Rainey pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Cody Shannon, Hollie O'Neill and Lauren McCartney pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
AJ and PJ Mooney from Ballymena pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Jennifer Gault and Audrey Hamilton at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Abbie Galbraith enjoys her first twelfth with father Alex at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Taylor Balmer at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Hugh McCormick relaxes with his pipe at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Jimmy Richardson and Joshua Orr pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
John Mulholland from LOL 251 at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Shirley and Jacob Sharpe dressed up for the twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Samantha Rainey at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Three years old Frankie Miller from Coleraine watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
William Wallace from Dungiven waves to a colleague at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Micah Nicholson from Bovevagh watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
William Wallace from Dungiven waves to a colleague at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Micah Nicholson from Bovevagh watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Micah Nicholson from Bovevagh watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Crystal Thompson from Dungiven and Abbie Semple and Lynne Campbell from Limavady enjoy an ice lolly as the sun finally shone at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Gerty Cochrane from Ballymoney who made the journey to watch the Twelfth in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Seven Years old Emily Reilly from Limavady at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Orange Order Grand Master Edwin Stevenson leads the parade at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Rodney Smith, Gareth Doherty and Jim Gilliland at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Raymond Kennedy makes his way to the meeting point at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Orange Order Grand Master Edwin Stevenson leads the parade at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Alderman Hilary McClintock picturd with her daughter Karen and grand children Ben, Caitlin and Chloe Coyle at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
George McClelland and David Donaldson from Largy at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Andrew McFarlane, Chris Hamilton and Samuel Irwin from Dungiven LOL 2036 at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Members of the Reilly family, William, (7), Abigail (9), Emily (7) and Sophie (6), at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Jim Graham, Simon McMichael and Gareth Smyth from Ballykelly lodge at Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Aaron Callaghan, Jonathan Kelly and Brent Crawford from Bellarena at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Trevor Clyde, Jackie Dale and Aubrey Pollock from Ardinariff enjoy their day at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Grace and Sammy Morrison. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Catch me if you can Dad. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: It was a day for all generations in Dromore. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Waringsford's William Wallace pipes a lament at the war memorial. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Mia and Lexi Cosgrove. Picture: Philip Magowan
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

This year the entire Whiterock parade was barred from passing through the Workman Avenue gates in June, while the impasses at Ardoyne and Drumcree have still not been resolved.

Mr Stevenson said the institution will continue its campaign for the current parading legislation to be replaced.

Deputy Grand Master Harold Henning praised those involved in weekly protests at Drumcree during his address to the Portadown demonstration. Last Sunday a number of brethren stayed 11 minutes past the Parades Commission deadline in protest at continuing to be barred from completing their parade.

"As a district it is now almost 20 years since you have been able to complete the return parade from Drumcree Parish Church at your annual service," he said.

"I commend the officers for their efforts on mediation and their offer to talk to the residents through facilitators which has unfortunately been met with no response.

"The Parades Commission continues to make ludicrous decisions against our traditional processions. The current legislation needs to be replaced with fair and equal laws."

In Donaghadee, Grand Lodge services and outreach manager David Scott spoke of maintaining heritage. "The world is a changing place and not everyone in society can accept or tolerate the heritage that we have on display today," he said.

"Some would much prefer if would just take ourselves off the streets to a big green field somewhere and have our day away from the public eye. Others would prefer if we would just pack up our cultural baggage and move on, denying us our place in civic society.

"Our forefathers had to stand up against intolerance. They too had to defend their place in society so that we could have our place here today.

"We have a rich heritage, a cultural tradition like no other and one that other countries would love to have as a cultural tourist product."

In Dromore, Co Down, Grand Master Samuel Walker said this year's celebrations are marked with sadness as this is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

He said: "This year, whilst one of celebration for Her Majesty, is also marked with sadness and remembrance as we take a moment to remember all those young men, many of whom were members of our institution, who without waver answered the call to serve King and Country 100 years ago."

Louise Bradley and Mulnagore Coronation Accordion Band members in the demonstration field in Coagh.
Louise Bradley and Mulnagore Coronation Accordion Band members in the demonstration field in Coagh.
Twelfthie taken today in Glenarm. Included is Worshipful Master of Broughshane LOL 503 bro Craig Sloan, his father the Chaplin bro David Sloan and other members of the family
Vic and Jill Donaldson and Pam Currie, waiting for return parade in Portadown, despite a 'little shower'.
Joseph Ferguson (10) and Dad Stephen Ferguson in Portadown with Killeen Lodge, Armagh District.
Emma and Molly Liggett at Poyntzpass.
Riley (3) Lily (2) getting ready to watch the Twelfth in Newtownstewart Co.Tyrone
Scarlett Munday, aged 2 years from Newtownards.
The Beck Family From Kilkeel at their flagship parade with Roden LOL 1943
Father and daughter Chris (25) and Alicia (6) enjoying the parades by Belfast City Hall.
Jonathan Willis with niece Thea Willis aged 3 from LOL 97 going to Portadown.
Neil and Laura McKnight with Jenny and Emma Beck at the flagship parade in Kilkeel.
Taylor Crawford aged 8 enjoying the Twelfth with his mum in Portadown
Ulster Unionist councillor Lindsay Millar takes a Twelfthie with TUV councillor Timothy Gaston at the Ballymena demonstration
Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration
Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration
Orange Order's Community Education Officer David Scott (left) takes a Twelfthie at the Dromore demonstration
Willing participant in the Twelfthie selfie craze Finance Minister Arlene Foster
Broadcaster Paul Clarke poses for a Twelfthie with a member of Cavanpole LOL 297
Councillor Trevor Cummings tweeted a twelfthie saying 'having a glorious day between the showers' Pic: @cummingstrev
Maggie the dog's Twelthie posted by Karen @nerak35
David Brooks posted a twelfthie all the way from Virginia USA. He said: "Wishing all Orange Order brethren at home a glorious Twelfth/13th with a #Twelfthie from LOL 1105, Virginia, #USA."
Getting in the spirit of the Twelfthie pic moomin2012 @moomin20121
Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford

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