Belfast Telegraph

Twelfth: Pictures and videos - Belfast, Bangor, Banbridge, Ballymena, Beragh, Cloughmills, Cookstown, Cullybackey, Coleraine, Annalong, Kilrea, Hillsborough, Ballynahinch, Richhill, Lisbellaw, Newtownabbey, Ardoyne


Thousands of Orange Order members have taken part in parades across Northern Ireland as part of the Twelfth of July celebrations.

Check out pictures from: Belfast - Annalong - Beragh - Cloughmills - Ballymena - Cookstown - Lisbellaw- Hillsborough Bangor - Kilrea - Ballynahinch - Coleraine - Cullybackey - Clogher Richhill - Newtownabbey - Broughshane - Banbridge Ardoyne

The events mark King William of Orange's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1690.

A total of 18 venues hosted parades across the region.

The Co Armagh village of Richhill hosted the largest Twelfth parade. Eleven district lodges with 154 private lodges and 70 bands from the historic county, where the Orange Order was formed in 1795, provided a highly colourful spectacle for 25,000 spectators.

Belfast held the longest Twelfth parade on the day, with participants walking over six miles to the field. Alongside Ballymena, the capital stages a Twelfth demonstration every year.

Other demonstrations were held in Lisbellaw, Cookstown, Beragh, Clogher, Coleraine, Kilrea, Banbridge, Bangor, Ballynahinch, Annalong, Hillsborough, Cloughfern, Broughshane, Cloughmills and Cullybackey.

A morning parade past Ardoyne in north Belfast, an interface area between nationalists and unionists which has seen severe violence in recent years, passed off peacefully after an agreement between members of the local community.

There was a heavy police presence but bandsmen and Orangemen processed past a handful of nationalist protesters to be greeted by loyalist supporters.

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