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Dancing in street in Belfast as crowds celebrate the Twelfth

Joyful parades in stark contrast to the violence seen only hours before

Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade through Belfast City Centre on Thursday.
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Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade through Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2018 Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. John Wilkie from Scotland. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade through Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2018 Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. David English from LOL1197 North Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2018 Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2018 Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 A Local artist paints St Patrick's on the 12th Morning as Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Brian Kingston takes part as thousands of people line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/2018 Thousands of People line the streets of Belfast to celebrate the annual 12th of July celebrations, As Orange men and bands parade threw Belfast City Centre on Thursday. Pic Pacemaker
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange man enjoys a burger before the start of the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration takes place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marches across the province celebrate King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2018 Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2018 Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2018 Annual Orange Order parade takes place in Belfast with lodges and bands making their way through the city centre to the field at Shaws Bridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Abby Preston, aged five watches on during the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration taking place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Young band members throw their batons in the air as the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration taking place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marches across the province celebrate King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Abby Preston, aged five poses for a photograph during the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration taking place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marches across the province celebrate King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Young band members throw their batons in the air as the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration taking place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marches across the province celebrate King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange flute band take a breather as the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration taking place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marches across the province celebrate King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange flute band poses for a picture during the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration taking place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marches across the province celebrate King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange flute band member screams as the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration taking place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marches across the province celebrate King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orange men wait for the start of the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration taking place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marches across the province celebrate King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A young Orange man poses for a photograph during the annual 12th of July Orange march and demonstration taking place on July 12, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The marches across the province celebrate King William of Orange's victory over the Catholic King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Bandsmen and Orange order members take part in the annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast city centre, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 12, 2018. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange order members take part in the annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast city centre, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 12, 2018. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange order members take part in the annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast city centre, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 12, 2018. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Bandsmen and Orange order members take part in the annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast city centre, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday July 12, 2018. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

By Christine Carrigan

Belfast was a wash of red, white and blue yesterday as thousands joined in the Twelfth celebrations.

Union flag deck chairs were the order of the day as spectators lined the streets - most in a colourful array of festive dress - to watch the annual parade.

Young and old danced in the streets, scenes which were in stark contrast to the previous night's sporadic violence in the area.

Lillian Boddington who is originally from Belfast, but now lives in England, said she makes the effort to travel over for the Twelfth every year, regardless of where in the world she might be.

"We come every year, no matter where we are. My husband was in the army and I have travelled over for years, from Hong Kong, Germany, everywhere.

"I am originally from Belfast, and enjoy the Twelfth a lot. It has been a great parade so far."

Belfast man William, who brings his family to watch the parade every year, said the annual event is a good day out for children. He said: "I bring the kids down for a good day out at the parade, they love it. It is a big day out for them, with all of the bands coming down, a bit of craic."

Check out pictures from across Northern Ireland: Aghalee, Ardoyne, Ballyclare, Ballygawley, Ballymena, Belfast, Brookeborough, Castlederg, Donaghcloney, Garvagh, Londonderry, Loughgall, Newtownards, Newcastle, Portglenone, Portrush, Rasharkin, Stewartstown

Every year people travel from far and wide to join in the fun - and this year the Twelfth won some new American fans who were visiting from Washington D.C.

The Patching family travelled over for a tour of the UK and decided to stop off in Belfast for the Twelfth festivities.

Kevin Patching said: "I think it is great. They are very impressive how they all march together, they sound loud, they look nice.

"Everybody has been nice, it appears to be a family friendly affair. I see a lot of women and children here and I see a lot of people came to set up early, to get a good seat. I would definitely come back for it."

Minister for Tourism and Sport for the Republic of Ireland, Brendan Griffin TD, also attended the parade and received the gift of a neck tie from the Orange Order.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland Secretary of State Karen Bradley attended a Twelfth parade in Co Down.

The Orange Order claimed the visit to one of the processions at their flagship event was a first.

The Staffordshire Moorlands MP attended a parade in Newtownards and was welcomed to the event by the Grand Treasurer of the Orange Order, Brian Dorrian.

Orangemen from as far away as Australia were among those taking part in the North Down parade.

Ms Bradley watched the procession of 40 Orange lodges accompanied by 30 bands.

She also met spectators and other Orangemen, including District Master Mark McDonald.

Mr Dorrian said they hoped Ms Bradley had enjoyed her first experience of an Orange parade.

"It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to Newtownards," he said. "We hope and trust she enjoyed her first-time experience of the Twelfth and an Orange parade, and appreciated the pageantry, spectacle and family-friendly nature of the occasion."

A spokesman for the Orange Order said Ms Bradley was formally invited to attend a Twelfth parade during a recent meeting with Grand Master Edward Stevenson.

He said they believed this was the first time a serving Secretary of State had accepted such an invitation.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Office did not dispute the claim.

Earlier yesterday morning a previously controversial Orange Order feeder parade in Belfast passed off without incident.

The early morning procession along the Crumlin Road once sparked riots following its evening return, amid a dispute with nationalist residents.

However, the impasse was resolved in 2016 following agreement between the Orange Order and the residents.

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