Brethren, Sisters and Friends,
May I welcome you to the Orange Institution’s page detailing the parades which will mark the 331st Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.
Once again it will be a different Twelfth of July; but our focus remains on celebrating King William’s momentous victory.
Last year we had the Twelfth at Home as the Orange Family played its part in a very different battle – the battle against Covid-19.
This year sees more Twelfth parades than ever before. In fact, there will be more 100 demonstrations at locations all across Northern Ireland. They will be smaller than usual, as district parades are necessary to ensure we meet the restrictions that are in place come the Twelfth.
In this Northern Ireland’s CentenNIal year it is, perhaps, more important than ever that we are parading with our brethren, bands and supporters.
2021 must be viewed as a stepping-stone on the road to normality. Come 2022 it is our great hope that Covid-19 will be defeated, and our parades will be held as normal.
This website seeks to help provide some guidance to where parades are taking place and they are listed below on a county-by-county basis.
I trust you will all continue to help in the fight against Covid-19 by respecting the health guidelines of social distancing, washing your hands regularly and wearing a face covering where required.
I would like to conclude by wishing you all a safe and glorious Twelfth, wherever you are celebrating it.
10 - 13 July
This year our celebrations and commemorations will be different to our traditional 12th events, as the priority must be to stop the spread of Coronavirus. However, over the four day period 10th to 13th July we are providing a timetable of events and resources that will ensure, the colour, pageantry music and essence of our 12th celebrations can still be enjoyed by all, including - 11th Night Barbecue - Boyne Anniversary Church Service - Tunes of the 12th & more. There is something for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest to ensure we Remember 1690.
Radio Boyne: Listen Again
Listen again to Radio Boyne programmes and content
The Orange Institution’s pop up radio station - Radio Boyne - was live between 10th and 13th of July 2020.
As part of this initiative, a number of special audio broadcasts were produced.
These included programming featuring traditional tunes, popular songs and hymns alongside heritage, history and information programmes which provided easy listening and set the scene for the big day.
Some of these are now available for you to listen again online.
'Celebrate the Twelfth' Resources
Videos, recipes and resources to help you celebrate at home
In order to prepare for the big day, we have provided a range of activities to enjoy. A series of craft videos aimed at the young and not so young, how to make Orange Lilies, Bunting, an Orange Arch & more. There are colouring-in pages to be downloaded and puzzles to be completed. Barbecue and baking recipes will be placed online over the coming weeks to try out at our celebrations. Why not bake a cake for your 12th Day picnic at home?
History & Context
Without the Battle, there would be no 12th celebrations. Take time during 'lockdown' to learn what was so important about King William’s victory that we still celebrate it 330 years later. Meet the key people involved. Other than win a Battle, what did William do during his short time in Ireland? Follow his journey from Carrickfergus to the Boyne and beyond.
Images of Celebrations past and present
Marvel at the parades of yesteryear, admire the homemade crafts, explore the painted banners and see how the 2020 12th at Home was celebrated by the Orange Family. Please send photos of previous Twelfth of July parades with details of the year the image was taken and your lodge banner to firstname.lastname@example.org