Northern Ireland

Tens of thousands of Orangemen take part in marches

Image caption Our District Journalist Louise Cullen sent this picture from the parade in Tobermore where 60 bands took part in the march.
Arlene Foster, Peter Robinson and Iris Robinson in attendance at a parade
Image caption Our Fermanagh District Journalist Julian Fowler spotted Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson, his wife Iris and Tourism Minister Arlene Foster at the flagship Twelfth in Enniskillen.
Young people walking
Image caption BBC Radio Ulster reporter Peter Coulter sent this picture of some young people who joined the return parade through Belfast
Image caption BBC Newsline reporter Conor MacCauley sent this picture from the parade in Crumlin. It was the first time a demonstration had been held their in 14 years.
Image caption Our North West Reporter Keiron Tourish sent this picture from the parade in Castlederg where six districts took part.

Tens of thousands of Orangemen and women took part in the annual Twelfth celebrations across Northern Ireland today.

Three flagship parades took place in Ballynahinch, Carrickfergus and Enniskillen.

Belfast City Hall hosted the Orangefest celebrations which featured street theatre and food demonstrations.

The festival is an annual celebration of William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

The Orange Order was founded back in 1795.

Three of this year's Twelfth demonstrations were selected by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland for tourist flagship status.

The Twelfths in Enniskillen, Carrickfergus and Ballynahinch were given extra support during the run up to the festival.

In addition to the flagship parades there were 15 other demonstrations that took place across Northern Ireland.

Orange Lodges across the world also took part in celebrations including demonstrations in Africa and the United States.

A large parade also took place through the centre of Liverpool.

Closer to home one hundred lodges and eighty bands took part in the Twelfth in Newry while in Ballymena 15 lambeg drums took part in the parade.

The largest demonstration took place in Keady where over 5,000 took to the streets infront of 20,000 spectators.

Grand Orange Lodge Director of Services, Dr. David Hume said he hoped it would be a "memorable day."

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