It's that time of the year again and, in just a few days from now, deliberations will begin on the 12th July march application in north Belfast.
The focus again is on that stretch of road running from Woodvale, past Ardoyne and up the Crumlin Road.
And it is about much more than a parade - but a decision that will play into both politics and policing.
Last year's march was blocked on its return journey and has not been completed since.
And, now, the calendar is marching in quick step towards another Twelfth and another determination.
In what was meant to be below the radar, a senior unionist delegation met the Commission earlier this week.
Peter Robinson was there, Mike Nesbitt, Jim Allister and the PUP and UPRG were also represented.
The meeting has been described as both "robust" and "intense" - adding to the pressure.
And we can expect similar type of conversations to play out over the next days and weeks.
That year-long standoff in a corner of north Belfast is playing into the bigger political picture and eating large chunks of the policing budget.
There is no indication that a local agreement is possible.
Background talks involving clergy, politicians, community representatives and the local lodges were recently postponed.
And, with not long to go, the door is closing, if not closed, on their potential to deliver a compromise.
Sinn Féin, the SDLP, one of the local residents groups - CARA - and the Catholic Bishop Donal McKeown have been involved in the background talks with a delegation from the PUL (Protestant, Unionist, Loyalist) community.
But another of the residents groups - GARC - has not been part of the talks.
They should be, but as one voice, and not in some final say capacity.
This dialogue, if it is to get anywhere, needs everyone in the room - all sides and every side of this argument.
In the meantime, the talks at a higher political level remain stuck in the mud.
Intensive talks have been signalled but not yet begun.
"There's no appetite to go in there and do a deal even on parades without an arrangement around Ardoyne," a senior unionist politician commented.
And so marching and politics walks on the spot and policing is stuck on that same spot - needing big numbers just to hold the different lines on that north Belfast interface.
The type of compromise nationalists might consider is around morning parades - with maybe one last early morning march up the Crumlin Road to complete last year's 12 July walk.
That's different from what the PUL delegation has been arguing for - their position that the road should be clear not just for the 12 July return but for other marches.
And, so, as we move towards the peak of another marching season, this place continues to walk in different directions.
Up to this point, the talking has changed nothing.
And, so, another decision will have to be made by the Parades Commission - a decision with much wider implications.
It's not just about parading - but politics and policing.