Northern Ireland

Police issue traffic advice ahead of Twelfth parades

Traffic disruption will begin on Friday morning as feeder parades set off to join main parades

Members of the Orange Order take part in a Twelfth of July parade in Belfast in 2023
Belfast's main parade will set off from Carlisle Circus in the north of the city. PICTURE: PA (Liam McBurney/PA)

Police have issued advice to the public over traffic disruption resulting from Friday’s main Twelfth of July parades.

Belfast will see smaller feeder parades, including from Sandy Row, where one will start at 10.45am and move through Hope Street, Bruce Street, Great Victoria Street and College Square East before joining the main parade at Wellington Place.

In east Belfast, a parade will commence at 8.15am at Templemore Avenue, before moving along Newtownards Road, Bridge End, Queen Elizabeth Bridge, Ann Street, Victoria Street, High Street, Bridge Street, North Street, Peters Hill, Shankill Road, North Boundary Street and Denmark Street, on to Carlisle Circus to lead the main parade.

In the Shankill area, a parade begins at 9.30am at West Belfast Orange Hall, moving through Peters Hill and North Street on to Royal Avenue, where it will join the main parade.

In south Belfast, a parade starts at 9.30am at Ballynafeigh Orange Hall, moving along Ormeau Road, Stranmillis Embankment, Holylands, Botanic Avenue, Donegall Pass, Ormeau Road/Avenue, Linenhall Street, Donegall Square South, Donegall Square East and Donegall Square North towards Belfast City Hall, where it will join the main parade.

The city’s main parade begins its outward journey at 10am from Carlisle Circus, moving along Clifton Street, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue and Donegall Place to the City Hall, where a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the Cenotaph.

The parade will then make its way towards the Lisburn Road, then along Malone Avenue and the Malone Road to Barnett’s Demesne.

The return parade will depart Barnett’s Demesne at 3.30pm, going back along the same route and finishing at Carlisle Circus.

Meanwhile, ahead of main parades in Derry and Newtownstewart on Friday, feeder parades will take place in areas including Plumbridge, Newbuildings, Claudy, Castlederg, Sion Mills, Strabane, Artigarvan, and the Waterside and Culmore areas of Derry.

In Newtownstewart, bands will assemble for feeder parades at 10.15am and leave from Methodist Lane, Old Douglas Road and Strabane Road. Participants will make their way to the demonstration field on Castle Brae for 2.30pm, along Baronscourt Road, Strabane Road and Main Street.

The return parade route is from Castle Brae at 3.30pm, along Moyle Road to Baronscourt Road for 5.30pm. 

Derry’s main parade starts at 11.30am, with bands leaving from various assembly points including Glendermott Road, Carlin Terrace, Bond Street, Artillery Street and Pump Street.

The route is along Glendermott Road, Clooney Terrace, Spencer Road, Craigavon Bridge, Carlisle Road, Ferryquay Street, The Diamond, Bishop Street, London Street, Hawkin Street, Kennedy Place, Kennedy Street, Wapping Lane, Craigavon Bridge, Spencer Road, Clooney Terrace, Glendermott Road, May Street, and Limavady Road to the field at Wilton Park for 2pm. 

The return parade will leave from Wilton Park at 3.45pm along Limavady Road, May Street and Bond Street towards Glendermott Road, Dungiven Road and Rossdowney Park.