Twelfth of July in Co Derry: Where are the parades what time, and what else is happening?

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Derry city is set to host the main Twelfth Celebrations for the county this year, with lodges from Coleraine and Limavady visiting.

In the south of the county, the main demonstration will be held in Moneymore with seven surrounding districts taking part.

A "kidz farm" with rabbits, ducks, chickens, alpaca and even tarantula will be held alongside inflatables, an obstacle course and putt and play golf in the field after the proceedings in Derry city.

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The Orange Order say the City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge will welcome eight Districts made up of 57 Private Lodges, accompanied by 36 bands to the city for the Twelfth Celebrations.

The City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge host its own five District Lodges - City of Londonderry No. 1 District, Cumber Claudy No. 2 District, Raphoe No. 3 District, City of Londonderry No. 4 District and the City of Londonderry No 5 District - in addition to three visiting Districts from County Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge, namely Coleraine No. 2 District, Limavady No. 6 District and Macosqin No. 8 District.

The parade route is as follows: Glendermott Road, Clooney Terrace, Spencer Road, Craigavon Bridge, Carlisle Road, Ferryquay Street, The Diamond (Anti-Clockwise), Bishop Street, London Street, Hawkin Street, Kennedy Place, Kennedy Street, Wapping Lane, Craigavon Bridge, Spencer Road, Clooney Terrace, Glendermott Road, May Street, Limavady Road to the field at Wilton Park (next to Brigade Cricket Club).

The main parade will depart from Glendermott Road (end of Bonds Street) at 11.30am. It is expected the entire parade will have arrived in Wilton Park for 2pm.

It is expected there will be representatives from the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, the Ladies Association of Scotland (Most Wor. Grand Mistress), the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada and the Grand Orange Lodge of Australia parading at the head of the parade alongside the City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge and County Officers.

The Ladies Association will be well represented in Londonderry with Ladies Lodges based in Londonderry, St Johnston, Limavady and Coleraine all taking part.

The Junior Associations will also be represented at the parade, with Lodges based in Claudy and Manorcunningham all taking part in the parade.

The Platform Proceedings, which will be relatively short compared to previous years, will commence in the field at Wilton Park at 2.15pm.

Whilst the visiting Districts of Coleraine, Limavady and Macosquin will take part in the platform proceedings, there will be no guest speakers or political speeches from the platform.

In Moneymore, meanwhile, the demonstrations will take in seven surrounding Districts - Ballyronan, Castledawson, Garvagh, Kilrea, Maghrafelt, Tamlaght O’Crilly, Tobermore and the host District Moneymore for what the Orange Order is hoping will be a family orientated Twelfth of July.

Almost 50 bands and lodges are due to take part in the parade.

One Ladies' lodge and a number of Junior lodges will also be participating.

All District Lodges will assemble on the Desertmartin Road from 10.30am in a field opposite the junction with the Tulnagee Road and will move off in district order to the Demonstration Field on the Moneyhaw Road.

Moneymore District Lodge will lead the parade with the route being Desertmartin Road, station Road, Lawford Street, High Street, Stonard Street, Bridger Street, Moneyhaw Road.

All lodges are to be in the Demonstration Field by 1pm as the Religious Service will commence at 2pm Sharp.

The procession will depart the Demonstration Field at 3.30pm via Moneyhaw Road, Bridger Street, Stonard Street, High Street, Smith Street and Magherafelt Road to the buses parked on the hard shoulders.

The procession will be led by Kilrea District LOL No. 5 then Tamlaght O’Crilly District LOL No. 9, Garvagh District LOL No. 4, Tobermore District LOL No. 11, Castledawson District LOL No. 1, Magherafelt District LOL No. 3, Ballyronan District LOL No. 7 and Moneymore District LOL No. 10.

Moneymore District Lodge will parade Northland Drive, Northland Road, Lawford Street, High Street, Stonard Street or Conyngham Street to disperse.

A tattoo has been organised for Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm in the grounds of Moneymore Recreation Centre involving all the bands in the district, highland dancers and the Force (drum-major team).

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