Belfast City Hall grounds to be used as part of Orange Fest

Supporters cheer as the parade makes its way along Bedford Street in 2023
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Belfast Council has green-lighted the use of City Hall grounds for the Orange Fest 2024.

Elected members at a Belfast City Council committee meeting this week agreed to a request from Orange Fest for the use of City Hall grounds on July 12, together with a request to hold a short commemorative ceremony at the cenotaph on the morning of the main parade on that day.

A report for the council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee states: “The proposed event ‘Orange Fest’ would take place on the front west lawn only and areas such as the east lawn, the Titanic Garden and cenotaph will remain open to the public.

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“Access to the City Hall building will not be affected. It would involve a number of stalls in City Hall grounds. The organisers’ estimate of attendance is 3,000 to 5,000 people.

“The event would be free to enter. The organiser would provide stewarding/marshalling staff and first aiders and would comply with the council’s standard conditions for hire.

“Members will also be aware that for many years the Orange Order have used the cenotaph for a short commemorative ceremony on the morning of the main parade, following which participants rejoin the main parade. A similar request has been received for this year and the committee is asked to consider this.”

The report did not state the exact cost to the council but did add that “costs will be met within existing budgets.”

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