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In pictures: The Twelfth

A scene from an 11th night bonfire

Bonfires were lit across Northern Ireland on the "11th night" ahead of the 12 July parades.

Orangemen on the march

These Protestant Orangemen at a parade in Belfast are just some of the thousands who march each year on 12 July. Traditional banners were adorned with black ribbons as a mark of respect for those killed in the London bombings.

Londonderry march

In Londonderry, Orangemen marched on the city's west bank for the first time in 13 years after a deal with the Bogside Residents' Group was brokered.

Protest in Ardoyne

In north Belfast, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams and party colleague Alex Maskey attended a sit-down protest objecting to the march passing through the nationalist Ardoyne area.

Lambeg drummers on a ship float

Making an appearance for the first time in 50 years were these Lambeg drums. In the past, they were thought to slow the parade down too much, but mounted on this Ulster Scots Agency float, they could keep pace with the rest

Wreath laying ceremony at Belfast City Hall

No drums sounded as the parade arrived at Belfast City Hall, where there was a pause for remembrance at the Cenotaph.

Spectators

Many spectators dressed up especially for the occasion, enjoying the sunshine and high temperatures.

Children enjoying the parade

Spectators lined the route of the parade through Belfast as marchers made their way towards demonstrations to hear speeches from Orange Order leaders.

Orangeman mascot

This mascot was attached to the front of a car driving along in the parade.




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