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Twelfth 'will draw more tourists'

Thousands turned out to watch Orangemen parade through Belfast
Thousands turned out for last year's parades

The Orange Order has said this year's Twelfth of July celebrations will attract more people into Belfast than ever before.

Shops and restaurants are to remain open in the city centre for the first time. Buses and trains will be running throughout the day.

It's hoped international street entertainers will attract visitors.

William Humphries of the Orange Order said he believed this year's event would surpass last year's.

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