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12th July Castlecaulfield 2013
12th Castlecaulfield 2013
This year the main County Tyrone twelfth orange parade was held in Castlecaulfield, Dungannon, County Tyrone.
This demonstration was the largest in County Tyrone.
Approx 40,000 spectators attended and enjoyed the parade and the sunshine. No need to carry umbrellas this year. In fact it was that hot that only two or three Orangemen in the whole parade wore their jackets.
Orangemen and Orangewomen were comprised from seven districts - Killyman, Stewartstown, Cookstown, Castlecaulfield, Pomeroy, Coagh and Benburb.
Castlecaulfield last hosted the Twelfth 7 years ago.
There were approximately 70 lodges parading with 50 bands. The bands included pipe bands, silver, accordion and flute bands.
A massed pipe band representing the host district Castlecaulfield LOL No. 4, led the parade with 70 pipers made up from five bands from the district. The large number of pipers in the one band created a magnificent sound. They were followed by senior officers, all the County Tyrone Womens Orange lodges, and the various districts.
One lodge Aughintober LOL 38 had a new banner - the banner was created in memory of a former local lodge Fort Edward Cavalry LOL 677.
The parade left the assembly field on the Donaghmore Road at 12.30pm. Paraded via Donaghmore Road, Drumreany Road, Main Street in Castlecaulfield village, Hillfort Terrace and Reaskcor Road to the demonstration field in the glorious sunshine.
A religious service was conducted by Rev Mark Wilson, Guest speaker was Jim Emery, County Tyrone Grand Master.
Parades in Northern Ireland 2013
Parades on the 12th July are part of the culture of protestants in Northern Ireland.
Fifty thousand Orangemen, Orangewomen and band members participated in this years 12th July parades.
There were 18 Twelfth demonstrations.
There are approx 1,400 lodges and 900 bands.
Northern Ireland lodges were joined by orangemen from Scotland, England and Republic of Ireland.
There was also an Independent Orange Orange parade in Portglenone, North Antrim.
Londonderry parade - the parade in the Maiden City, the City of Culture 2013, 10,000 spectators. Sixty lodges and 40 bands expected.
Newtownhamilton - County Armagh - one of the largest parades -11 district lodges, 154 private lodges, 5,000 brethen, 80 bands.
Ballinamallard - County Fermanagh - lodges from Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan will join this demonstration.
Belfast - a large parade with spectators throughout the 6 mile parade - an early start - 10am for this parade - 9 districts, 70 bands. Shops in the City Centre will open after the parade passes by.
Castlecaulfield - County Tyrone - 20,000 spectators, 70 lodges and 50 bands.
Donemana - west Tyrone 50 lodges and 60 bands
Augher - 25 lodges and 25 bands
Magherafelt - County Londonderry - last 12th parade in Magherafelt was in 2006. Eight districts, 60 bands and 2000 Orangemen.
Bangor - a large demonstration - Tens of thousands spectators, 40 lodges and 40 bands.
Loughbrickland - County Down - 100 lodges and 80 bands.
Dundrum - south Down - 10,000 people, 70 lodges and 40 bands.
Annalong - Mourne Mountains, 1,000 orangemen
Glengormley - East Antrim - 9 district lodges including 70 private lodges and 60 bands.
Ballymena - 1,000 orangemen
Magheragall - South Antrim - 70 lodges, 40 bands
Carnlough - a smaller demonstration - 400 orangemen, 9 bands.
Ahoghill - 16 lodges and 9 bands
Rasharkin - 40 lodges and 26 bands
Portglenone - north Antrim - the Independent Orange Order parade. 20 lodges and about a dozen bands