Orangefest 2015

This year's 12th of July celebrations mark the 325th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne

Festival Details


Monday, 13 July 2015
Belfast Orangefest showcases aspects of Ulster's rich heritage and culture such as Orange Lodges, marching bands, fife and drums, flute music and the resonant sound of Ulster's unique Lambeg drum. The Belfast "12th of July" celebrations are a magnificent spectacle of tradition, colour and music that can be enjoyed by all locals and visitors alike.

Belfast Parade

One of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, Stormont Parliament Buildings, will be illuminated orange to mark this year’s Twelfth Celebrations.

As is traditional, the County Grand Lodge officers, guests and the Millar Memorial Flute Band will leave Belfast Orange Hall at 9.45am and take up position at Carlisle Circus. At 10am, under the instructions of the Chief Marshal, the main parade will commence, making its way along Clifton Street, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue, Castle Junction and Donegall Place to Belfast City Hall.

A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Cenotaph in the grounds of the City Hall as members of the Orange fraternity remember the sacrifice of those who served in two World Wars and in the line of duty throughout the Troubles.

At approximately 10.40am, and following the act of Remembrance, Orangemen and women representing a total of nine districts – accompanied by approximately 60 bands - will then proceed via Donegall Square West, Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Shaftesbury Square, Bradbury Place, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue and Malone Road to the demonstration field at Barnett Demesne.

Among the thousands of onlookers lining the six-mile route will be many visitors, enjoying the festival atmosphere for the first time. As usual, a large Scottish contingent will travel to the capital to both participate in and spectate at the procession.

Platform proceedings are due to commence at 2.45pm and the chairman for the afternoon will be the County Grand Master, George Chittick. The address will be delivered by Rev William Malcolmson, Deputy County Grand Chaplain. The parade is due to leave the field and proceed towards the city centre at 4.15pm.

Food NI are planning a food market including cookery demonstrations and producers displays. This will be a showcase of local food for visitors. With a wide range of producers, there will be something for everyone! 
Food can be purchased in the food village for consumption both on site and off site. Savoury and sweet offerings will also be available.
Come along and watch the cookery demonstrations – quick, easy, local dishes!

Other Parades Across Northern Ireland

Bessbrook – Flagship Twelfth Event
A total of 11 District Lodges will be on parade for this year’s largest event, with a total of 154 private lodges, 5,000 brethren and 80 bands. The main parade, led by Bessbrook Crimson Arrow Pipe Band, is to commence at 9.45am, headed by Grand Lodge and County Grand Lodge Officers. Bessbrook District will be followed by Richhill. Killylea, Portadown, Lurgan, Keady and Armagh Districts; the remainder of the Districts, namely, Newtownhamilton, Loughgall, Markethill and Tandragee will parade as they arrive, and by 12.30pm, all Districts should be in the demonstration field. The main parade will process from the Millvale Road via McKnights Hill, Derrymore Road, Fountain Street, College Square, and Main Street to the demonstration field at Maytown Road. The return parade is scheduled to leave the demonstration field at 3pm.

A total of nine district lodges, encompassing approximately 70 private lodges and 8,000 members, will participate in the main parade. Adding to the spectacle will be 60 marching bands.  Districts represented on the day will be Killead, Larne, Randalstown, Staffordstown, Antrim, Sixmilewater, Carrickfergus, Cloughfern and Carnmoney. The main procession is due to commence at 11am from the starting point of Fountain Hill. Led appropriately by King William on horseback – followed by brethren from host district Killead LOL No 17 - the parade will proceed through the town via Fountain Street, Church Street, High Street, Bridge Street, Dublin Road, Randalstown Road and Castle Road to the demonstration field.

A total of seven districts – totaling approximately 70 individual lodges - will participate in the parade, led by Derriaghy and followed by Ballinderry, Magheragall, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Aghalee and Glenavy.  Orangemen and women will be accompanied by approximately 40 bands for the colourful occasion. The main parade will move off from Queensway at 11.30am, and proceed through Derriaghy and Dunmurry, before turning into Lower Dunmurry Lane to the demonstration field at Fullerton Park.

Sixteen lodges will commence their parade in Co. Antrim and proceed to a religious service, held in neighbouring Co. Londonderry. Despite its smaller size, there will be plenty of noise, with at least half of the lodges being accompanied by Lambeg drums, adding to the carnival atmosphere. A mixture of bands will also partake, with Cullybackey LOL 696 Flute Band, only recently formed, taking part in its first Triangle Twelfth.

Broughshane will play host to this year’s Braid Twelfth. A total of 11 lodges – representing upwards of 350 Orangemen – will be accompanied by nine bands and a number of Lambeg drums. The main parade is scheduled to start at 12 noon and those participating will parade from the assembly point on the Tullymore Road, proceeding through the village to Beechvale, before returning to the local community centre for the religious service. A traditional drum off between the Lambegs is also expected to take place, attracting a large audience.

A total of 30 lodges and accompanying bands will take part in the annual Twelfth in Ballymena. The town is the only one in Northern Ireland which has a Twelfth demonstration every year. Orangemen and 15 bands will assemble at Waveney Road car park at 12.30pm and proceed through the town via Galgorm Road, Pentagon, Lower Mill Street, Wellington Street, Ballymoney Street, William Street, Broughshane Street, Broadway, Church Street, Bridge Street, Harryville Bridge, Salisbury Square, Larne Street, Larne Road, Wakehurst Road and Antrim Road to the demonstration field at Ballee Road West.

Up to 50 lodges – including Giant’s Causeway LOL 1195 – will take part in the North Antrim Combine demonstration. Brethren on parade will represent a total of five districts - Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Rasharkin, Cloughmills and hosts for the day, Bushmills. The main parade will move off from the Castlecatt Road at 1pm, proceeding the short route through the village to the demonstration field on the Whitepark Road for the religious service.

Approximately 100 lodges and 80 bands are expected to take part in the Twelfth in Laurencetown. The parade will set off from the assembly field on the Huntly Road at 12 noon and proceed via the Lurgan Road to the demonstration field on the Gilford Road, near Laurencetown Orange hall. A religious service will be held there at 2.30pm, led by Rev Hugh Ross, chaplain of host district Bann Valley. The return parade is due to commence at approximately 3.45pm.

Up to 50 lodges, and as many bands, will file past the famous Holywood maypole as the town plays host to the North Down Twelfth demonstration. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the town’s streets when the parade commences from Redburn Square at 12 noon. It will then proceed via Sullivan Place, High Street, Abbey Ring, Abbots Wood, Demesne Road, Downshire Road, Main Street and Belfast Road to the demonstration field at Ballymenoch Park. The return parade is scheduled to leave Ballymenoch Park at 4.15pm.

The village of Saintfield will host a Twelfth demonstration for the first time in over 10 years. Approximately 70 lodges and 40 bands will step out for the family orientated occasion, last held in the Co Down village in 2004. The Mid Down Combine demonstration will commence at 12.30pm, with the main parade proceeding from the Old Belfast Road, through the centre of the village, to the demonstration field at Station Road.

The stunning backdrop of the Mourne Mountains and the Irish Sea provide the perfect setting for this year’s Twelfth parade in Ballymartin. One thousand Orangemen from the Mournes – representing the largest district in the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland – will step out in the south Down village. Orange lodges from Kilkeel will leave Kilkeel Orange Hall at 10.45am and parade several miles to Pats Road near Ballymartin. Here, they will meet the rest of the District and parade through the village to the demonstration field. The District will leave the field to commence the homeward parade at 4pm.

The most senior Orangeman in Scotland will be among those enjoying the festivities in the largest Twelfth parade in Co Londonderry. The parade will assemble at Killowen Street at 11.30am. Approximately 50 bands, including pipe, accordion and flute, will head off through the town, via Waterside, Old Bridge, Circular Road, Queen Street, Church Street, New Row, Dunmore Street, Blindgate Street, Beresford Road, Brook Street, Bushmills Road,The Crescent and Ballycastle Road to the demonstration field at the Showgrounds.

Large crowds are expected to converge in Moneymore for the annual South Londonderry demonstration.  The Mid-Ulster village is hosting the Twelfth for the first time since 2007. Up to 50 bands will join with approximately 60 lodges and proceed through the village, with the main parade moving off at 11am. All districts will assemble at Fairhill and parade via Lawford Street, High Street, Stonard Street and Bridger Street before proceeding to the demonstration field on the Moneyhall Road. The return parade is due to commence at 3.45pm.

The largest Twelfth parade in Tyrone will take place in one of the county’s smallest hamlets - large crowds are expected to descend on the small village of Benburb, on the banks of the River Blackwater. The main parade through the townland is due to commence at 12.30pm from the assembly field at Derryfubble Road proceeding the short route via the Main Street and Confeacle Road to the demonstration field.

Orangemen and women representing six districts will be on parade in the west Tyrone town of Fintona. Over 5,000 participants are expected to take part in the Twelfth demonstration. Parade participants will assemble at Ecclesville Park, departing at 12.30pm, and proceeding through the village via Killen Street, Fairgreen Road, Tattymoyle Road, Main Street, Back Lane, Castle Street, Church Street, Mill Street, Craigavon Road, Tattyreagh Road and Ecclesville Road, returning to the park for the religious service.

The main procession will commence from St John’s Hall on the Murley Road at 12.15pm, proceeding via Main Street and Colebrooke Road to the Fivemiletown College Grounds for a religious service.

Those participating in this year’s Fermanagh Twelfth will file under the only Orange arch in the lakeland county, as the picturesque village of Kesh plays host to the annual demonstration. Appropriately, King William on horseback will lead the procession, and this year he will be joined by an Honour Guard of personnel in military uniform, in tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War. All lodges and bands will move off at 12.30pm from the assembly field on the Ederney Road before proceeding via Station Road, Main Street, Rosscolban Avenue and Mantlin Road to the demonstration field.

For more information on parade routes and bands taking part in the celebrations on 13 July, visit