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Royal Netherlands Football Association to hold 'orange' parade with a difference in Belfast next month

The Royal Netherlands Football Association has notified the Northern Ireland Parades Commission of plans to hold an orange parade with a difference in Belfast. As hoards of Holland fans are expected to descend on the city next month for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, the association is staging an `orange' parade. Photo: BBC
Marie Louise McConville

The Royal Netherlands Football Association has notified the Northern Ireland Parades Commission of plans to hold an orange parade with a difference in Belfast.

As hoards of Holland fans are expected to descend on the city next month for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, the association is staging an 'orange' parade.

The plans would see around 900 Dutch fans gather in the city centre ahead of the match, which will take place on Saturday, November 16, and then undertake a 30-minute march to the stadium ahead of the 7.45pm kick-off.

The route would see supporters leave the Dublin Road at around 6pm before taking in Shaftesbury Square, Donegall Road and Donegall Avenue.

A Parades Commission spokesman said a notification for the parade was received on September 19.

"This proposed procession by the Royal Netherlands Football Association is one of approximately 1,700 civic, sporting, charity and other events, that are notified to the Commission each year, and are published on its website," he said.

"These events rarely give rise to community sensitivities and are, therefore, not considered by the Commission. Instead, the main point of contact for the organiser of civic-type parades is with the PSNI regarding traffic management and other issues".

He added: "The Commission has no record of similar notifications from Football Associations".

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