Published Thursday, 31 May 2012
Belfast City Hall grounds could host a family event for this year's Twelfth. (© UTV)
A request was made to Belfast City Council from Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce, in partnership with Orangefest, Belfast City Centre Management and Taste of Ulster for an event designed to be "complementary to the traditional Twelfth celebrations".
The Orange Order has been permitted to use the grounds previously for commemorative ceremonies.
The family-focused event will comprise of a "family food and regional produce event" and will include a range of craft activities, children's dance groups, face painting and balloon modelling.
As part of the same event, the Festival of Fools street theatre group will be on the streets of the city centre and will be staging a range of performances "from artists of different cultures and reflecting the diversity of the emerging Belfast in a post-conflict environment".
Belfast Chamber of Commerce has said that a large number of shops will open in the city centre on the day.
The proposed event and shop openings are hoped to bring an extra 1,000 visitors to the 12,000 which normally attend the parades.
The council's strategic policy and resources committee has approved the use of City Hall grounds, and it is to go before the council to be ratified.
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