Orangemen take part in Twelfth of July parades

Orangemen march along Belfast's Dublin Road Orangemen marched along Belfast's Dublin Road

Related Stories

Orangemen across Northern Ireland have held their annual Twelfth of July celebrations.

The Protestant Orange Order staged its five flagship demonstrations at Hillsborough, Portrush, Cookstown, Newtownstewart and Antrim.

The marches commemorate Prince William of Orange's 1690 Battle of the Boyne victory over Catholic King James II.

Police had appealed for restraint from those taking part in the parades and those protesting against them.

Eighteen demonstrations were held across Northern Ireland

Eighteen demonstration sites

  • Ballymena
  • Ahoghill
  • Bushmills
  • Hillsborough
  • Antrim
  • Broughshane
  • Belfast
  • Lurgan
  • Cookstown
  • Newtownstewart
  • Ballygawley
  • Ballygowan
  • Brookeborough
  • Newtownards
  • Waringstown
  • Kilkeel
  • Portrush
  • Garvagh

Among the criteria used to choose the flagship parades were activities offered and the ability to engage with visitors and tourists.

The Twelfth of July is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland.

It is the annual high-point of the loyal orders' parading calendar.

Some marches have been a source of tension between nationalists who see the parades as triumphalist and intimidating, and Orangemen who believe it is their right to walk on public roads.

In recent years, the Order has made efforts to rebrand the day as "Orangefest," with some believing the event has the potential to become a major tourist attraction.

Meanwhile, the NI Fire Service said it was called out to 28 incidents related to 'Eleventh Night' bonfires.

It said the majority of the calls on Sunday night were in the greater Belfast area.

In some cases houses and other buildings had to be cooled by crews using water jets due to the proximity of bonfires.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Northern Ireland stories


Features & Analysis

  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa

  • Woman in swimming pool Green stuff

    The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

  • People take part in an egg-cracking contest in the village of Mokrin, 120km (75 miles) north of Belgrade, Serbia on 20 April 2014In pictures

    Images from around the world as Christians mark Easter Sunday

  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ITChild's play

    It's never been easier for small businesses to get their message out to the world


  • An aerial shot shows the Olympic Stadium, which is closed for repair works on its roof, in Rio de Janeiro March 28, 2014.Extra Time Watch

    Will Rio be ready in time to host the Olympics in 2016? The IOC president gives his verdict

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.