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Join thousands of people as they celebrate The Twelfth, the biggest annual festival in Northern Ireland.

The celebrations showcase aspects of Ulster's rich heritage and culture such as Orange Lodges, marching bands, fife and drums, flute music and the resonant sound of Ulster's unique Lambeg drum.
The Twelfth, as it is known locally, refers to the 12 July, which is a Public Holiday in Northern Ireland. On this date in 1690 King William III, Prince of Orange, defeated King James II at the Battle of the Boyne. The battle had European significance as King William secured the Glorious Revolution and laid the foundation for the British Constitutional Monarchy, which exists today.
One of the largest Twelfth of July parades takes place in Belfast, with other parades taking place throughout Northern Ireland. For more details, please visit twitter.com/belorangefest or facebook.com/BelfastOrangefest.
You can find out more about the history and traditions of the Orange Institution at The Museum of Orange Heritage www.orangeheritage.co.uk.

Belfast 12 July Parade Route

  • 10am: Parade commences at Carlisle Circus continuing to Clifton Street, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue, and then Donegall Place.
  • 10.15am: Wreath laying service at cenotaph. Parade moves from  grounds of Belfast City Hall to Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Bradbury Place, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue, Malone Road and Barnett Demesne.
  • 12 noon: City centre shops open for business after the parade has passed.
  • 5pm: Shops close.
  • 5.30pm (approximately): Parade returns through the city centre.
There are feeder parades which come into the city centre between 8am and 10am before joining the main parade. For more information on these parades and the routes they take, please visit www.belfastcentre.com/orangefest-2018

Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Most visitor attractions and shops in Belfast are open over the 12 and 13 July Bank Holidays.

Public Transport

Translink Metro, Ulsterbus and Goldline services will operate a public holiday timetable on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 July. NI Railways will operate a Saturday service on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 July. Enterprise train services between Belfast and Dublin will operate as scheduled.
For the most up-to-date information, use Translink's journey planner at journeyplanner.translink.co.uk or follow Translink on Twitter at twitter.com/translink_ni.

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