City Hall family event for Twelfth

Published Thursday, 31 May 2012
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Belfast City Hall grounds are expected to open to the public for a family event during the 12 July parades.

City Hall family event for Twelfth
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.

© UTV News
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9 Comments
rogy in west belfast wrote (809 days ago):
i just see the orange order as a pack of bigotts and trouble makers, there yesterdays people who live in the year 1690, get a life u sad people
Rocket in Dundonald wrote (836 days ago):
It is not meant to be an inflammatory anti-catholic parade. It is group of people walking down a road. Most of them probably walk or drive down the same road everyday going to work and nothing is said. If you want to protest do it peacefully. Don't see many protestants outside GAA matches and the like with their bricks & bottles even though those pitches are in their housing areas.
seamas in belfast wrote (840 days ago):
Rocket. The clue is in the name, Flashpoint. Why have an inflammatory anti-catholic parade at a flashpoint?
Rocket in Dundonald wrote (841 days ago):
It would be great to see the Catholics celebrating the event once more. Seamas - the only balloons are those at the flashpoint areas such as Ardoyne etc waiting to cause trouble with their petrol bombs & bricks.
Stephen in Belfast wrote (841 days ago):
It maybe will still be a cold house for Catholics like myself, yes. But making it more welcoming for everyone needs to start somewhere. And while the first few years might seem intimidating, hopefully it will become less so as time goes by. Before the troubles, my folkswent and watched the parades every year. Would be great if that could happen in the future, too!
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