The Ulster Covenant parade is passing through Belfast's city centre. Thousands of unionists have turned out to watch the march. They are being watched by thousands of police officers - today is biggest policing operation the city has seen in over twenty years.
Sections of the Covenant Parade have passed St Patrick's Church on the north edge of the city centre peacefully.
Members of the Carrick Hill Residents Association unfurl their banner of protest outside the Catholic St Patrick's Church as they wait for the Centenary Parade.
The Ulster Covenant is a pledge made by almost half a million people from Northern Ireland on September 28, 1912, 'Ulster day'.
We, whose names are underwritten, men of Ulster, loyal subjects of His Gracious Majesty King George V, humbly relying on the God whom our fathers in days of stress and trial confidently trusted, do hereby pledge ourselves in solemn Covenant, throughout this our time of threatened calamity, to stand by one another in defending for ourselves and our children our cherished position of equal citizenship in the United Kingdom and in using all means which may be found necessary to defeat the present conspiracy to set up a Home Rule parliament in Dublin.
Hundreds of Orange Order members have descended on Belfast City Hall as part of the parade to celebrate 100 years of Unionists signing the Ulster Covenant to show their disapproval of any plans for Home Rule across Ireland.
Marchers in the Orange Order Ulster Covanent parade are lining up in the streets around Belfast's Donegol Square. They are clothed in traditional 1912 dress, with flat caps.
Northern Ireland's biggest policing operation in 20 years is due to take place today as 30,000 Unionists march to celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant.
Police and political representatives have been working hard behind the scenes to try and ensure the controversial parade route passes peacefully. The planned route:
- 1015: Small, feeder parades set off from loyalist Sandy Row and Carlisle Circus (in North Belfast) to Belfast City Hall
- 1100: Main march sets off for Stormont from Belfast City Hall
- 1300: Parade arrives at Stormont
- 1500: Religious service and speech by Orange Order Grand Master, Edward Stevenson
- 1615: Belfast marchers parade back into the city, supporters and others return home by bus