The Twelfth: your guide to all 18 NI demonstrations

The routes, the timetable, the highlights… everything you need to know about the key processions being staged by Orange Order.


The Belfast parade will leave Belfast Orange Hall, at Carlisle Circus, at 10am. The parade will make its way to the city centre via Royal Avenue – the normal route having only recently been confirmed following the blaze at the Primark store last August. A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Cenotaph shortly before 10.30am and the parade will then proceed as normal via Donegal Square West, Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Shaftesbury Square, Bradbury Place, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue and Malone Road to Barnett’s Demesne. Orangemen and women representing a total of nine districts – accompanied by approximately 60 bands – will walk the six-mile route. The platform proceedings at Barnett’s Demesne will begin at 3pm. The return parade is due to leave the field making its way towards city centre at 4.15pm.


The Co Fermanagh demonstration will take place in Lisnaskea. The parade traditionally encompasses the entire county and will play host to visiting lodges from the Republic, counties Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan. Lodges and bands will move off from the assembly field on the Enniskillen Road at 12pm and proceed to the demonstration field at Cushwash on the Newtownbutler Road. Platform proceedings commence at 2pm with the return parade at 3.15pm.


Crossgar will host the annual mid-Down demonstration for the first time since 2003.

Crossgar’s own Cumberland True Blue LOL 358 will lead the procession accompanied by Crossgar Young Defenders Flute Band from the assembly field on the Downpatrick Road on the 1.5 mile route to the demonstration field on the Killyleagh Road.

Brethren and bands will leave at 4pm to make their way to their respective towns and villages.


The south Tyrone village of Augher will host a Twelfth parade for the first time since 2013. The Parade will assemble on the Aughnacloy Road with a start time of 12.15pm and will proceed via Main Street to the demonstration field on the Clogher Road. Twenty bands will accompany the Orangemen – many of whom will have three generations of the same family on parade. The religious service at 2.15pm will be preceded by a performance by Murley Silver & Glenageeragh Pipe Bands.


Over 40 lodges representing five districts – Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle, Rasharkin and Cloughmills – will take part in the annual demonstration.

The main parade will assemble at the town’s Showgrounds and set off at 1pm on the approximate three-mile route through the town centre before returning to the Showgrounds. Lodges will leave the Showgrounds at 4pm to make their way home to Orange halls throughout the north Antrim area.


The County Armagh Twelfth Demonstration is established as the largest gathering of Orangemen on the day. Eleven district lodges will be on parade, with a total of 151 private lodges and almost 5,000 brethren.

Approximately 65 bands will accompany the lodges. The Lodges of the host district will assemble in The Square from 8.45am and, joined by county grand lodge officers, will form “The Ring”.

They will then proceed to the junction of the Portadown Road to meet the visiting districts who will have reached that point from the assembly field on the Armagh Road.

The main parade will then commence at 9.45am. By 12.45pm, all districts should be in the demonstration field.

The chair will be taken at 1.45pm by the county grand master, Denis J. Watson. The return parade begins at 3pm.


The largest individual lodge stepping out for the Twelfth will be on parade in the harbour town of Kilkeel. Ballyvea LOL 343a – which boasts 150 members – will take part in the annual Mourne district demonstration in south Down. Upwards of 1,500 people are expected to take part in the seaside procession.

Kilkeel lodges will leave Kilkeel Orange hall at 10.45am and walk to the Council Road on the outskirts of the town. There they will meet their fellow brethren and accompanying bands from Annalong and Ballymartin, before the entire district parades through the town to the demonstration field at Manse Road.

Platform proceedings are due to commence at 2.15pm and the return parade is scheduled to get underway at 4pm.


The south west Down Twelfth celebrations for 2019 will be held in Rathfriland.

The district hosts the celebrations every eight years and is the largest parade in County Down with 95 Lodges and 60 bands taking part in the procession watched by thousands of spectators.

The parade will leave the assembly field on Newry Road at 12pm and then proceed through the town.

A wreath will be laid at at the Cenotaph before the parade continues on its way to the demonstration field on the Castlewellan Road.

The parade will leave the field at 4pm headed by Newry District.

Pre-Twelfth celebrations have taken place with the opening of a new arch last Wednesday, July 3.


Glenavy will play host to a Twelfth parade for the first time since 2005. Seven districts will take part. Almost 70 lodges, accompanied by 23 bands, will leave the assembly field at 11.30am and march towards the demonstration field on the Ballyminymore Road. Platform proceedings will commence at 2pm and the return parade will get underway at 4pm.


Carnlough will host the members of the Braid District Orange Lodge for the first time since 2013. Orangemen from 11 lodges, accompanied by nine bands and two Lambeg drums, will leave the assembly field at South Bay at 12pm to the demonstration field on the Largy Road. The parade will leave the field at 4pm and return through the village.


Coleraine district will once again play host to the brethren of Limavady and Macosquin districts as well as the City of Londonderry County Grand Lodge which incorporates lodges and bands from north Donegal.

The parade, led by the host district, will begin at 11am sharp.

Platform proceedings chaired by the district master wor. bro, George Duddy will commence at 2pm. The parade will leave the field at 3.30pm.


Upwards of 30 lodges and accompanying bands will take part in the Twelfth in Ballymena. The town is the only one in Northern Ireland which has a Twelfth demonstration every year. Orangemen and 16 bands, accompanied by a number of Lambeg drums, will assemble on the Wakehurst Road.

The demonstration starts at 12.30pm and will proceed to Galgorm Playing Fields. Guest speaker is Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland’s youth development officer, Gary McAllister.


The sound of the Lambeg drum will be very apparent at this year’s Triangle Combine Parade, held in Ahoghill.

The Co Antrim village is expected to play host to one of the largest groups of the instrument on parade throughout the Province.

The main parade is due to commence from the Galgorm Road (main Ballymena line) -Killane Road junction at 12.30pm, and then proceed towards the Village Playing Fields on the Cullybackey Road.


The North Down Orange Districts will be on parade in Holywood.

Ballyrobert LOL 1920 will lead the parade which starts at 12pm.

They will be followed by the other lodges – Ballykeel LOL 417, Crozier Memorial LOL 1362, Dundonald Purple Vine LOL 1056, Dundonald True Blues LOL 1111 and Holywood LOL 1687.

Visiting Districts include Newtownards, Upper Ards and Bangor. The parade leaves the demonstration field at 4pm.


Larne will host the East Antrim Combine Twelfth celebrations for the first time since 2014.

Nine districts will take part and Scottish visitors will be accompanied by 40 bands from across Northern Ireland and Scotland as well as the traditional Lambeg drums and fifers.

The parade will commence at 11am. Sandy Bay Playing Fields will play host to the platform proceedings.

The religious service will commence at 2pm and the parade will leave at 3.30pm.


Large crowds are expected to converge on the village of Ballyronan for the south Londonderry demonstration.

There will be a total of eight districts on parade.

Up to 60 bands will join 2,000 Orangemen in the main parade which moves off at 11.30am. All districts will form up in the Assembly Field on the Shore Road (Toomebridge side) and parade to the demonstration field. Platform proceedings are at 2pm – the return parade starts off at 3.30pm.


The highest village in Northern Ireland will host the largest Twelfth parade in Co Tyrone for the first time in seven years.

The main parade will move off at 12.15pm from the assembly point on the Tandragee Road and will proceed towards the demonstration field. In front of Pomeroy district will be a new bannerette bearing the names of the murdered brethren of Pomeroy district.

The return parade will leave the demonstration field at 3.45pm.


Around 50 lodges and a similar number of bands will assemble at the foothill of the Sperrins for the celebrations in Donemana.

The west Tyrone village will host a total of six districts with lodges representing Killen, Sixmilecross, Fintona, Newtownstewart, Omagh and Strabane all on parade.

The main parade will leave the assembly field on the Longland Road at 12.30pm before turning into the demonstration field on Berryhill Road.

Published on the 11th of July 2019
Article taken from the Belfast Telegraph

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