The summer’s usual schedule of events has been completely reshuffled as a result of the global pandemic.
From festivals to TV shows, a majority of the year’s highly anticipated events have been pushed back to 2021. Commemorative events have also taken a blow, with the 75th VE Day being celebrated indoors.
But what will happen with Ireland’s Twelfth of July parades? Is the Twelfth of July cancelled for this year?
Find out what will happen for the annual celebration this year.
Overview: 12th of July parade
The Twelfth is an annual celebration commemorating the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and victory of King William of Orange over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne (1690).
King William was a Protestant and King James was a Catholic. This date marks the Protestant Ascendancy in Ireland.
The date is mainly celebrated in Northern Ireland where it is a public holiday. It has been celebrated since the late 18th century.
Is the 12th of July cancelled?
Yes. In April 2020, The Orange Lodge of Ireland announced that the traditional parades will not go ahead this summer.
This decision was announced by Orange Lodge of Ireland Grand Master Edward Stevenson, who had consulted with the Order’s grand masters in England and Scotland. They made the decision as a result of the government’s guidelines on social distancing.
However, as lockdown is now easing in Ireland, there is no doubt that celebrations will go forward to commemorate the day.
One Twitter user noted that “Bars opening on the 3rd of July in Northern Ireland,” stating that the DUP is “sorting us out for the 12th.”
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