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WATCH: Highlights of NI's annual Twelfth parades

Thousands marched for The Twelfth. Credit: Pacemaker

Right across Northern Ireland, tens of thousands of Orangemen and their supporters have been on the march.

In Co Armagh, the small village of Richhill played the big host for this year's Twelfth parade.

Before the main event kicked off, there was a time of reflection with a remembrance service at the newly renovated war memorial.

It has been 11 years since Richhill hosted a Twelfth and they came in numbers, with 10,000 people packing the village and putting on a show-stopping display of colour - as Sara Moore reports.

Whereas the Orange fraternity in Armagh didn't have a particularly early start, that was not the case in Belfast.

Orangemen were up at the crack of dawn for necessary sustenance ahead of their long walk - as Paul Clark reports.

There was a massive celebration in Cloughfern in Newtownabbey for this year's Twelfth.

Thousands turned out as it hosted the East Antrim Combine making it one of the largest parades in Northern Ireland.

Aideen Kennedy was there.

The North West's main demonstration was held in Coleraine where the huge crowds were added to by tourists holidaying on the Causeway Coast.

But while Coleraine may be the venue, the hosts are actually the men and women of Macosquin District.

The parade featured Coleraine and Limavady Districts, plus the five lodges that comprise the City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge.

There were also regular visitors at the Twelfth in the North West, the lodges and bands from across the border in Co Donegal.

Our correspondent Mark McFadden was there.

Parades were also held in Cookstown, Ballymena and Banbridge.

Meanwhile the DUP leader Arlene Foster joined the record crowds enjoying the demonstration in Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh.

It's estimated that up to 15,000 people packed into the village in blazing sunshine on Wednesday to watch the march.

Up to 90 lodges were on parade, including Orangemen from Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan and Leitrim, as Vicki Hawthorne reports.

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