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Royal Black announce return of traditional August parades beginning with Maguiresbridge on Saturday

The Royal Black Institution’s annual Fermanagh parade is set to return to its normal structure after the pandemic has passed, organizers have announced.

Round 35 Preceptories and bands will gather in Maguiresbridge on Saturday with those attending the event including Black Sovereign Grand Master Rev William Anderson and former Ulster Unionist Party leader and Co Fermanagh Grand Master Tom Elliott.

The event commemorates the Battle of Newtownbutler in 1689 and will make its way through the village before a service at 2pm on a demonstration field on Lisnaskea Road.

Mr Elliott welcomed the return of the parade’s traditional structure after last year’s ‘downsized’ event in Kesh.

“Like many organizations, we have experienced many restrictions due to Covid,” he said.

“This is the first year that the event is returning to its traditional focus and the organizers have done a great job of getting everything ready.

“It will be a great day for the whole family – a wonderful spectacle with first-class music.”

Rev Anderson added, “I look forward to the parade and service in Fermanagh and the opportunity to renew acquaintances and meet new friends.

“Institutional members in scenic Lakeland County are known for offering a relaxed, family-oriented event.

“It will be a great day for the whole family – a wonderful spectacle with first-class music.”

The parade begins at Hunter’s Field on Tempo Road ahead of the main procession which begins at 12.30pm.

Bands taking part include the Moyne Pipe Band, Sister Susan Graham Accordion Band, Brookeborough Flute Band and Tempo Silver Band.

A charity fundraiser is also held on the day for the benefit of the Air Ambulance in Northern Ireland.

The organization also announced the return of last Saturday’s parades in Northern Ireland on August 27, taking place in Ballyclare, Bangor, Dromore, Killylea, Portrush and Sion Mills.

Normally, the parades include 17,000 members with accompanying bands in six locations, but last year they were scaled back to avoid larger crowds gathering at the events.

In 2020 the demonstration was canceled and replaced by wreath laying.

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