In Pictures: Twelfth celebrations across Northern Ireland

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Huge bonfires are built in Protestant areas right across Northern Ireland.


In recent weeks, concerns were raised about the placing of election posters and the numbers of tyres being placed on bonfires.


This bonfire on Lanark Way, just of the Shankill Road in north Belfast, was one of the biggest, towering over nearby houses.

Lanark Way

The bonfires, which light up the night sky, are lit on the eleventh night. This year, the Orange Order urged loyalists not to burn tyres on bonfires due to health concerns.


In Belfast, a large bonfire was lit at the junction of Sandy Row and Dublin Road.


With bonfires being lit across Belfast, the hills provided an opportunity for those to see the spectacle from above.


There were no incidents as a feeder parade passed a sectarian flashpoint at shops in Ardoyne in north Belfast. The parade was allowed to pass the shops in the morning on the outward route, but have been prevented from walking part of the route home.

St Patricks Church

Father Michael Sheehan watches on as the main Belfast parade makes it way past St Patrick's Church on Donegall Street. Last year, a band taking part in the parade played the loyalist song The Sash as it passed the Catholic Church.


The parade stopped at Belfast's City Hall to allow Orangemen to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph before heading on.


Tens of thousands of Orangemen and women are took part in the 12 July celebrations across Northern Ireland. In Belfast, the main parade passes City Hall.


The Belfast parade stretched over six miles and Orangemen and women of nine districts and approximately 60 bands made the trip to the demonstration field at Barnett Demesne.


Horses and Carriage brought a touch of nostalgia to the parade as it headed down Donegall Street.


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


Many spectators often dress up on the occasion, with union flags appearing on everything from t-shirts to umbrellas.


Thousands of people lined the streets to watch the parades pass through Belfast City Centre.


Parades have been held across Northern Ireland. The County Armagh town of Markethill hosted a flagship parade. The demonstration proceeded to the district memorial stone in the square for a short service, and 10 local brethren killed in the Troubles were remembered.


Larne in County Antrim also hosted one of three flagship parades. The town saw almost 8.000 parade through the streets to the main demonstration point at Sandy Bay playing fields.


The final flagship parade was in Limavady in County Londonderry. The Order estimated that around 30,000 people attended the demonstration with an Orange lodge from Nevada, USA taking part.

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