When’s a Parade not a Parade? And Other Questions.





Queries: Why are Orange Order Marches/Walks called “Parades”?

What’s a Parade anyway?

oxford dictionary

says a parade is

1)A public procession celebrating a special day or event:

e.g.a St George’s Day parade or the festival began with a parade of the competitors

Comment: NB 1 day only, 1 parade only.

The Parades Commission received notification of 4,182 parades in the year from 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012, with the  number of parades increasing from  3,962 (in the previous year) . Loyal Orders and broad Unionist tradition constitute 60%  (2,493 parades)

Comment: Non-applicable to the Orange Order.

2)A formal march or gathering of troops for inspection or display:a military parade – the men massed for parade

Comment: NB –  Illegal unless involving the real Armed Forces which the Orange Order are not –  however much they may pretend


Non- applicable to the Orange Order.

3) A series of people or things appearing or being displayed one after the other:

e.g. the parade of Hollywood celebrities who troop on to his show

Comment: NB – Non-applicable to the Orange Order

4) A boastful or ostentatious display: e.g. a pompous parade of erudition

So sure l’m an Ulster Orangeman, from Erin’s isle I came,
To see my British brethren all of honour and of fame,
And to tell them of my forefathers who fought in days of yore,
That I might have the right to wear, the sash my father wore!

It is old but it is beautiful, and its colours they are fine
It was worn at Derry, Aughrim, Enniskillen and the Boyne.
My father wore it as a youth in bygone days of yore,
And on the Twelfth I love to wear the sash my father wore.


  No Catholic can become a member of the Loyal orders

Here’s the opening statement of the constitution of the Loyal Orange Institution of Ireland: “This institution is composed of Protestants… It is exclusively an association of the Reformation.”

Qualification of candidates: “An Orangeman… should strenuously oppose the fatal errors and doctrines of the Church of Rome.” And no member may marry a “Papist“.

In order to underline their separation from non-Protestants the Orange are very keen to shout anti-Papist slogans and sing anti-Papist songs on streets where only Catholics dwell.

 Comment: NB- Possible designation if we accept the example “a pompous parade of sectarianism”

Objection: The Orange Order say these are marches supposedly in pursuance of the “right to protest”


orangemen in bowlers


What are the Orange Order  protesting about for 3 months or more every year ?

What have  they been  protesting for more than 200 years ?

What is the one cause that has brought them on to  the streets for 2 centuries?

If it is not a sectarian assault on Catholics, what is it?

Why has no government ever addressed the issue – whatever it is?

Would the reason for the Orange Order “marches/walks/protests” be tolerated elsewhere in the UK?

Apparently not in Scotland

Senior figures in the pro-UK Better Together campaign have said they fear a direct link between the Orange Order and the anti-independence cause only days before the referendum could provoke an unwelcome backlash among liberal, leftwing voters at a crucial stage in the campaign.



If the Orange Order  could indicate which box they would care to tick we could work out how to fit them into modern life in NI

If they  answer the queries  about the “purpose” of their walks/marches we could lean on governments who have been neglecting the issue for centuries and insist on redress






Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s