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Orange Order announces Twelfth of July venues for 2018

The 12th of July Parade in Belfast
The 12th of July Parade in Belfast
12th July Orange Order parade takes places in Belfast with lodges from all parts of the city and beyond being led by marching bands from Carlisle Circus in north Belfast to Barnett Demesne in south Belfast. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Blake McCord(4) from north Belfast pictured in Royal Avenue in the city centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 12th july 2017 12th July Orange Order parade takes places in Belfast with lodges from all parts of the city and beyond being led by marching bands from Carlisle Circus in north Belfast to Barnett Demesne in south Belfast. The parade makes its way through the city centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 12th july 2017 12th July Orange Order parade takes places in Belfast with lodges from all parts of the city and beyond being led by marching bands from Carlisle Circus in north Belfast to Barnett Demesne in south Belfast. UTV's Paul Clark poses for a pictured on Royal Avenue in Belfast City Centre. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Orangemen are pictured taking part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
An woman is pictured as Orangemen take part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Orangewomen are pictured taking part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Orange Order members march past St Patricks Church in Belfast as part of the 'Twelfth of July' celebrations.
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 A local Artist records the The 12th of July Parade which takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Bands take part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangemen take part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
A Union flag is seen as Orangemen take part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangemen take part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangemen in period costume take part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th 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 part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Bands take part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangemen take part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th 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 is pictured taking part in the annual July 12 parade in Belfast, on July 12, 2017. July 12 is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the Protestant commemoration of the 327th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 A local Artist records the The 12th of July Parade which takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/7/2017 The 12th of July Parade takes place from from Clifton Street threw the streets of Belfast on Wednesday, As thousands of people line the streets across Northern Ireland the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The birthplace of Orangeism will host the largest Twelfth of July demonstration this summer, it has been confirmed.

The conservation village of Loughgall will be one of 17 venues across Northern Ireland holding processions to mark the 328th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.

Preparations are at an advanced stage for the biggest day in the parading calendar, with upwards of an estimated half-a-million people expected to participate or spectate in what is widely regarded as one of the largest annual festivals in Europe.

Thousands of Orangemen, women and juniors – accompanied by over 600 marching bands – will step out at the various locations with much pageantry, colour and heritage on display.

The traditional sight and sound of Lambeg drums will add to the festivities in Co Armagh. The parade will pass the Museum of Orange Heritage at Sloan’s House, where the Orange Institution was founded in 1795 following the Battle of the Diamond, located on the outskirts of Loughgall.

A large Scottish contingent is expected in Belfast, as the city hosts the longest Twelfth parade on the day, with participants walking over six miles to the field. The capital and Ballymena are the only venues where Twelfth demonstrations occur annually.

Other significant parades will take place in Londonderry, Brookeborough (Fermanagh), Ballyclare (Antrim), Donaghcloney (Down) and Stewartstown (Tyrone).

Meanwhile, breaking with tradition, over 1,000 Orangemen from Mourne District will join their neighbouring brethren at the Newcastle demonstration.

Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, hailed the enhanced cultural experience offered by the yearly celebrations.

“The Twelfth of July offers a unique opportunity for the Orange Institution and the bands community to showcase our culture and heritage, and we are confident of welcoming increasing numbers of visitors, tourists and families to all of our parades,” he said.

“There are very few events on these islands that can bring such vast numbers of people onto the streets, either by taking part or simply to watch the music and pageantry.”

Mr Stevenson will be in attendance at the Castlederg demonstration.

The senior Orangeman added: “The Twelfth is truly a day like no other as we celebrate much that is important to the Reformed faith, our civil and religious liberties and our British heritage. Our proud cultural traditions will once again be on display at 17 venues throughout Northern Ireland.”

The Twelfth demonstrations will follow the traditional Rossnowlagh parade held in the Republic on the preceding weekend. This year the annual Donegal procession takes place on Saturday July 7.

The 17 demonstrations on Thursday July 12 2018, will be held in Loughgall, Belfast, Brookeborough, Stewartstown, Castlederg, Ballygawley, Newtownards, Newcastle, Donaghcloney, Londonderry, Garvagh, Ballyclare, Aghalee, Broughshane, Ballymena, Portglenone and Rasharkin.

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