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Massive parade will be pinnacle of CentenNIal celebrations

The Orange Standard recently caught up with Deputy Grand Master Wor. Bro. Harold Henning to find out about some of the plans for the Northern Ireland CentenNIal parade on Saturday, 28th May.

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Could you tell Orange Standard readers a bit about what has been going on regarding the
Northern Ireland CentenNIal parade?

Yes, of course. Orange Standard readers will be aware that we have set a new date for our CentenNIal parade - Saturday, 28th May 2022. A lot of work is currently going on in the background for what we hope will be a fantastic family day. I am pleased to report that a Working Group has been established which will oversee the planning and has representation from County Grand Lodges.

Why is it important to hold this CentenNIal parade?
From the outset of our planning for the Northern Ireland CentenNIal celebrations, Grand Lodge was very keen to have a major parade which would be the centrepiece of a year-long calendar of events. As everyone is well aware, Coronavirus had a significant impact on everyone’s plans - not Just the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland. An alternative date in September 2021 was considered but that too fell foul of restrictions in place at that time. And so we have carried the event through into 2022.
This will be the pinnacle of our CentenNIal celebration and will help keep Northern Ireland’s Centenary year in the spotlight just that little bit longer.

How big is the parade expected to be, will it be on the scale of the 2012 Covenant Parade?

It is our intention that the CentenNIal parade will be of a magnitude befitting of the importance of Northern Ireland’s centenary. The first 100 years is an occasion worthy of a significant event and this parade promises to be an occasion that will live long in the memory of all those who participate and come along on the day to spectate.
Will it be on the scale of the Covenant parade? We certainly hope so! We want Brethren from as many lodges as possible to turnout on the day in as big a numbers as possible.

Who’s taking part?

Brethren from every lodge in the Grand Orange of Ireland are encouraged to attend. Each District on parade will be led by a band.
Members of the Association of Loyal Orangewomen of Ireland and the Junior Grand Lodge are very much part of our plans and will be encouraged to walk with their respective districts in the parade.

What about visiting Brethren and Sisters?
Members from Scotland and England will be made most welcome, as their respective Grand Lodges have been invited, along with the Apprentice Boys of Derry and Independent Loyal Orange Institution. We have already been made aware of Brethren planning to come and march with lodges that they have formal affiliations with or certainly close links with here in Northern Ireland.

What’s the proposed route for the parade?

We are going to assemble within the grounds of Stormont Estate where there will be a short Platform Proceedings at 1pm before making our way along a four-and-a-half mile route along the Upper Newtownards Road, Newtownards Road and on into Belfast City Centre past City Hall. Lodge Secretaries will recently have received communication from Grand Lodge giving details of this and other relevant information.

Have you any other advice for members of the Orange Family?

Plan to attend the parade - that is the best advice I can give anyone. Get the date in your diary now. If you are a member of a lodge come and parade, if not then come and enjoy a great day out and wonderful spectacle that celebrates a truly significant milestone in the history of Northern Ireland. Don’t miss out!
 

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