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12th of July Procession, Carrickfergus (1981)
'The Twelth' is commemorated with a parade through the streets of the city.
Sponsored film 1981 13 mins
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This film opens with brief scenes of the burnt-out Brown Trout bar. It soon switches to document the annual 12th of July parades to mark the victory of the Protestant king, William of Orange, over the Catholic king, James II, at the Battle of the Boyne, in 1690. The scenes of Orangemen, bands and bunting are typical, but particularly evocative of the era.
Several of the songs that are associated with the Orange bands can be heard in this film. Note too, the Lambeg drum, an instrument that is synonymous with these parades.
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