2023 Twelfth of July - a day to remember
The Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Most Wor. Bro. Edward Stevenson, has hailed the annual Twelfth of July celebrations as a “day to remember”.
Boyne celebrations were held at 18 venues across Northern Ireland, with thousands taking part and a great many more spectating - despite wet weather conditions at times for some.
He said: “The 333rd anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne will be remembered for lots of reasons – not least for extraordinary numbers of people celebrating the largest annual festival in Northern Ireland.
“The weather conditions weren’t entirely favourable for all throughout the day, but the rain could not dampen the spirits of those on parade.
“There was an enhanced international flavour, with many visitors – from Scotland, England Wales and even as far away as Canada and America - taking part in our parades, and many tourists sampling the carnival atmosphere.
“I trust everyone involved - participants, supporters, onlookers and traders - had a wonderful day; whether they were attending their first Twelfth or have been attending for many years.
“While we will take a well-earned rest now, we of course look forward to doing it all over again next year.”