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The Twelfth: Thousands attend annual Orange Order parades

By Rebecca Black

Published 12/07/2016

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

Tens of thousands of people are taking to the streets today for the biggest event in the Orange Order calendar.

The authorities have expressed cautious optimism that this year’s Twelfth will pass off peacefully, but a major policing operation is planned to deal with any unrest.

Officers remove barriers as The contentious orange order parade gathers at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Officers remove barriers as The contentious orange order parade gathers at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Gerald Solinas hands over a letter of petition at the contentious orange order parade gathers at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pictured at a PSNI barrier at the Woodvale Road in North Belfast after the main 12th of July parades took place across Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Orange Order members march on Woodvale Road in Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland. PA
Orange Order members march on Woodvale Road in Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland. PA
Police look on as Orange Order members march on Woodvale Road in Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland. PA
Police look on as Orange Order members march on Woodvale Road in Belfast as part of the annual Twelfth of July parades across Northern Ireland. PA
Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pictured at a PSNI barrier at the Woodvale Road in North Belfast after the main 12th of July parades took place across Northern Ireland. This year, as has been the case since 2013, the feeder parade was not allowed to return by the same route on Tuesday evening. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pictured at a PSNI barrier at the Woodvale Road in North Belfast after the main 12th of July parades took place across Northern Ireland. This year, as has been the case since 2013, the feeder parade was not allowed to return by the same route on Tuesday evening. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pictured at a PSNI barrier at the Woodvale Road in North Belfast after the main 12th of July parades took place across Northern Ireland. This year, as has been the case since 2013, the feeder parade was not allowed to return by the same route on Tuesday evening. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pictured at a PSNI barrier at the Woodvale Road in North Belfast after the main 12th of July parades took place across Northern Ireland. This year, as has been the case since 2013, the feeder parade was not allowed to return by the same route on Tuesday evening. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Bandsmen and members of the Orange Order pictured at a PSNI barrier at the Woodvale Road in North Belfast after the main 12th of July parades took place across Northern Ireland. This year, as has been the case since 2013, the feeder parade was not allowed to return by the same route on Tuesday evening. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Police erect a barrier ahead of the contentious Orange Order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale Road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of The contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of The contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of the contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of the contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of the contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of the contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of the contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of the contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of the contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police erect a barrier ahead of the contentious orange order parade at the stopping point on the Woodvale road during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

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First Minister Arlene Foster will attend a Twelfth demonstration at Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh, in her home constituency. The DUP leader will also travel to the picturesque Co Down village of Scarva tomorrow to attend the annual Royal Black Institution’s Sham Fight.

Writing in today’s Belfast Telegraph, the Orange Order’s Grand Master, Edward Stevenson, said the Twelfth celebrations have grown over the past 200 years to become an event unrivalled across the British Isles.

Generations of many families will step out together today to celebrate King William of Orange’s victory over King James at the Boyne in 1690. This year, Portadown and Kilkeel have been selected to host tourist flagship events.

In total, some 18 demonstrations and nearly 600 loyal order parades are due to take place across Northern Ireland.

Events are planned in Belfast, Maguiresbridge, Limavady, Castledawson, Coagh, Newtownstewart, Aughnacloy, Donaghadee, Comber, Dromore, Randalstown, Lisburn, Ballymena, Glenarm, Ahoghill and Ballycastle. Ballymena and Belfast are the only places that host a Twelfth demonstration every year, while across the rest of Northern Ireland the parades rotate around a number of towns.

Mr Stevenson, who will take part in the largest Co Londonderry demonstration, in Limavady, said every July more international visitors flocked to witness the spectacle.

“From the humble confines of Sloan’s parlour over 200 years ago and the signing of the first Orange warrants, the roots of Orangeism have grown and flourished into the worldwide organisation it is today,” he writes in today’s Belfast Telegraph.

“As we maintain our traditions and gather again in Christian fellowship, practising our way of life like our forefathers before us, we trust the next generation will ensure Orangeism and its values will be maintained.”

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

The Orange Order is encouraging its members, loyalist bands and supporters to stay off alcohol, with a campaign titled It’s About the Battle, not the Bottle. The Order plans to hand out thousands of bottles of water branded with the slogan.

Mrs Foster, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Justice Minister Claire Sugden called for a “peaceful, respectful and safe parading season”. In a joint statement, they said: “As we move into a period which has in the past resulted in heightened tensions, we encourage everyone to conduct themselves in a dignified and lawful way.”

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