Hundreds of parades to take place across Northern Ireland to celebrate Twelfth

Around 250 bonfires were lit across Northern Ireland last night

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Hundreds of parades will take place across Northern Ireland today to celebrate the Twelfth of July.

On Monday night, around 250 bonfires were lit across Northern Ireland to usher in the main date in the parading calendar.

The Twelfth parades, which are organised by the Orange Order, commemorate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Hundreds of parades will take place across Northern Ireland today
Hundreds of parades will take place across Northern Ireland today
The parades commemorate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690
The parades commemorate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690

The battle, which unfolded at the Boyne river north of Dublin, saw Protestant King William of Orange defeat Catholic King James II to secure a Protestant line of succession to the British Crown.

Thousands of Orange lodge members parade through the summer months to mark William’s victory.

Those celebrations culminate on the Twelfth – the anniversary of the battle.

There will be 573 loyal order parades today.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) plan on the Twelfth being their busiest and most resource-intensive day of the year.

There will be 2,500 police officers on duty on the Twelfth, which is around a third of the strength of the PSNI.

Tune in to GB News for live coverage of the Twelfth parades from 11am this morning.