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Saturday, 6 July, 2002, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Republic's lodges hold parade
Lodges on both sides of the border took part
Lodges on both sides of the border took part
Members of the Protestant Orange Order from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic have taken part in the annual Rossnowlagh parade in County Donegal on Saturday.

Up to 10,000 people attended the demonstration in the seaside town.

The numbers were down at last year's parade because of the foot-and-mouth disease crisis.

The Rossnowlagh demonstration is known for its relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

There is none of the security seen at some marches in Northern Ireland, despite Rossnowlagh being a mainly Catholic area.

At this year's parade, about a dozen gardai (Irish police) wandered through the crowds, primarily directing traffic.

County Donegal Orangemen led the parade, followed by lodges from Cavan, Monaghan and Country Leitrim.

The visiting Northern Ireland lodges from the border areas were dotted between them.

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BBC NI's Kieron Tourish:
"Organisers expect between 6,000 and 10,000 people at the parade"
BBC NI's Kieron Tourish:
"There is none of the security seen at some marches in Northern Ireland"
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