TENS of thousands of Orangemen are on the march today across Northern Ireland to celebrate the Twelfth of July.
And the Orange Order is urging its members and supporters attending this weekend’s Twelfth demonstrations to get themselves ‘in the picture’ on the biggest day in the parading calendar.
The Order is encouraging all those attending to take Twelfth ‘selfies’ using their smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices; and capture the colour, spectacle and unrivalled carnival atmosphere at Orange parades across Northern Ireland.
A total of 17 demonstrations will take place across the Province on Saturday, with tens of thousands of people both participating and spectating.
Three of the venues – Limavady, Markethill and Larne – will offer an enhanced cultural experience having been designated as tourist flagship festivals.
Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, endorsed the initiative and encouraged those attending the Twelfth to “capture the moment”.
He said: “The Twelfth of July is a day like no other and a unique celebration of our culture, faith and identity.
“Our parades are colourful and vibrant occasions, with distinctive banners and musical bands providing the perfect backdrop for those wishing to partake in a selfie photograph.
“Using our various social media platforms we will be able to share people’s Twelfth experiences at parades across Northern Ireland and showcase them to an international audience.”
He added: “I hope the many images will collectively portray their own story and act as a lasting memory of another glorious Twelfth of July.”
To share your Twelfth selfie on Twitter, follow the Orange Order via @OrangeOrder and use the hashtag #TwelfthieSelfie
Alternatively, post photos on the Orange Order’s Facebook site at ‘Friends of Schomberg House’.