Published on July 13th, 2020 | by sligoadmin


Traditional Orange Holiday Ruined


In what has been described as a major break with tradition some people are saying the parades in the Nord have been ruined today. Every year on July 12th orange marches are held to commemorate the 1690 battle of the Boyne.


Yes we do know today is the 13th but parades are never held on a Sunday. In the six counties (and indeed in some places in the republic) thousands of  traditional flute and pipe bands are cheered on by hundreds of thousands of supporters lining the streets.


But this year it’s very different. Because of Covid restrictions only up to 30 people can meet outdoors. This means that only a number of “small parades” are allowed. People have been encouraged to celebrate in their home, their gardens or try to watch a virtual parade – whatever that is.

This year a lot of apprentice boy band members will end up playing with their flutes at home – probably alone in their bedrooms.

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