Flagship Twelfth parades confirmed

Flagship Twelfth parades confirmed

Three venues will host flagship tourist Twelfth demonstrations later this year, the Orange Order has confirmed.

The parades will take place in Limavady, Markethill and Larne as part of the major annual festival in Northern Ireland.The order says all three host districts will offer a varied programme of events surrounding their respective parades on the largest day in the Orange calendar.A total of 17 main demonstrations are planned across the region on 12 July, all of which follow the traditional Rossnowlagh parade held in the Republic on the preceding weekend.Orange Order Director of Services, Dr David Hume, said: "The Tourist Twelfth Flagship programme has been developing since 2006 and we have seen excellent parades and festivals over the years."This year, we are enhancing our product through training in the World Host programmes for the Institution's flagships."In addition, we also want to work closely with the flagships to ensure that the best possible product is offered for visitors and tourists."The three areas selected this year reflect geographical and historical diversity and their parades will all be excellent as will other festival plans. We look forward to working with them and wish them well in all their efforts."Enterprise Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, welcomed the announcement of the flagship events."The flagship concept is aimed at those parades that want to broaden their appeal to draw a tourism audience and I am sure that those involved in the three selected demonstrations will provide a diverse and vibrant programme of events that visitors can enjoy," the DUP minister said."The colour and pageantry of the Twelfth is enjoyed by tourists from far and near and I hope many of them will take the opportunity to visit Limavady, Markethill or Larne to enjoy the spectacle of these flagship events."I wish the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland every success with its preparations for the Twelfth."


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