Centenary march for Orange youngsters
The streets of east Belfast were awash with colour yesterday as the Junior Orange lodge turned out in force to celebrate their centenary Easter parade.
Young Orangemen of the future representing three Belfast districts, Co Antrim junior lodge, and other lodges from across Northern Ireland took part in the annual procession.
Among the senior Orangemen joining the juniors to recognise the landmark occasion were the Grand Master of the Junior Orange Association, Roy Nixon; Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Rev Mervyn Gibson; County Grand Master of Belfast, Spencer Beattie; and others from English and Scottish junior lodges.
The main parade, incorporating nine bands, headed off from the Ormeau Road Embankment at 12.30pm.
The route took in Templemore Avenue and Newtownards Road on the parade to CS Lewis Square, where a family fun day was held.
Activities included a high ropes course, mobile climbing tower and various inflatables for families to enjoy in the Easter sunshine.
According to the Orange Order's records, the first Easter Tuesday demonstration was held in Holywood, Co Down, in 1919.