Published Sunday, 28 October 2012
The parade went off peacefully on Sunday. (© Pacemaker)
Four bands and approximately 400 people took part in the County Grand Orange Lodge parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on Sunday.
The Parades Commission had ruled only hymns should be played past the Catholic Church on Donegall Street, which has become a flashpoint since trouble broke during the Black Institution's parade at the end of August.
It came after a video showed a loyalist band playing an alleged sectarian song whilst circling outside the church on 12 July, although the band denied the tune was sectarian.
The Parades Commission's ruling also stipulated that no supporters should accompany the bands on this section of the route on Sunday.
A small protest held by Carrick Hill residents nearby was restricted to 100 people.
"I believe the Carrick Hill residents made a magnanimous gesture, the very fact for all to see, they deescalated their protest down to about less than 100 people to try and take the whole sting out of this, to try and allow for a bit of breathing space for the Orange Order," Frank Dempsey, chair of Carrick Hill Concerned Residents Committee, said.
Some residents claimed bands had broken a ruling that only a drumbeat should be played in an area of Clifton Street.
An Orange Order spokesman has insisted that their members showed respect and dignity during the parade and said the institution reviews all parades.
The Parades Commission put in place restrictions because it said that there had not been enough dialogue between the Orange Order and residents.
The watchdog said it was disappointed that no representation had been made from the Orange Order to them nor had they made direct contact with residents despite there "being no inhibitors to this dialogue taking place."
Carrick Hill residents are due to meet the Apprentice Boys for talks ahead of an upcoming parade in November.
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