Lots of tourists and holidaymakers staying in the local caravan parks, joined by many newcomers, are expected to be among the large crowd of spectators lining the meandering parade route; witnessing the colour and spectacle of this distinctive Orange event.A religious service, set against the backdrop of the Donegal hills and the rolling breakers of the Atlantic, will be held at 3pm.The largest Twelfth demonstration in the world will once again take place in County Armagh.Regarded as the biggest gathering of Orangemen on the day, a total of 11 District lodges will be on parade for this year’s event, with a total of 154 private lodges and almost 5,000 brethren stepping out in Portadown.
With a programme of events alongside the traditional demonstration the flagship programme offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the culture, music and pageantry of the day.” Portadown District Master Darryl Hewitt said: “We consider it a great honour to have been awarded flagship status.Proceedings will be chaired by the County Donegal Grand Master, David Mahon.The Twelfth in Donegal has been held in Rossnowlagh since the 1900s and has taken place there every year since 1978.Fifty lodges from Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan, as well as visiting Orangemen, will take part in the parade which begins close to St. The parade then goes to the demonstration field, on the edge of the shoreline - surely one of the most beautiful locations for an Orange parade anywhere in the world.The Donegal procession is renowned for its laid-back family atmosphere and low key security presence.
Singleton hall lodge lane
Donegal recently formed its first junior lodge, Sir Albert Conyngham JLOL No 12, based in the south of the county.There are 44 Orange halls in Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan and Leitrim and the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland has members in nine counties in the Republic.The county is regarded as the birthplace of Orangeism and has its own museum at Sloan’s House in Loughgall.The Museum of Orange Heritage recently welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who visited the outreach facility in May.The largest and one of the most scenic Twelfth demonstrations have been selected as tourist flagships for the biggest annual festival in Northern Ireland.
The parades in Portadown and Kilkeel will provide an enhanced cultural experience this year, the Orange Institution has confirmed.
“The flagship programme, which has been constantly evolving for over 10 years, has been an enormous success and has helped to develop the potential of and broaden the appeal of our parades.
“The Twelfths in Portadown and Kilkeel promise to be special occasions, with huge crowds enjoying the spectacle of the largest parade in the world in Co Armagh, and also the pageantry and colour of the day in south Down, amid the stunning backdrop of the Mourne Mountains.
The Mourne Twelfth is always a very enjoyable day for families and we wish all visitors a hearty Mourne welcome.
The 15 lodges and bands will gather from all across Mourne to celebrate their culture and faith.