© Newtownards District No.4
Newtownards will host local parades on 1st July and 12th July, involving only lodges and bands from the District. These parades have been designed to allow us to express our culture and heritage while keeping within the current Covid-19 restrictions. During our parades, we urge all spectators to maintain social distancing as much as they can and to watch the parade from their local area, where possible.
Thursday 1st July - Somme Remembrance Parade
Lodges and bands are to assemble in Mary Street and surrounding streets from 7.00pm. The parade will move off at 7.15pm.
ROUTE: Mary Street, Frances Street, Zion Place, Upper Movilla Street, Queen Street, Upper Greenwell Street, New Road, Portaferry Road, Castle Street.
District Officers and the WM of each lodge will enter the War Memorial for a short service of remembrance. All others are to remain in formation outside the memorial garden.
RETURN ROUTE: Castle Street, High Street, South Street, John Street, Donard Avenue, Windsor Avenue, Scrabo Road, Mill Street, Frederick Street, William Street, Talbot Street, Upper North Street, North Street, West Street, Mary Street, Mark Street.
The head of the parade will stop midway along Mark Street. All lodges and bands are to stay in formation for the playing of the National Anthem.
Monday 12th July - The Twelfth
Newtownards will host a local Twelfth parade, involving only lodges and bands from the District. This will take the form of a single parade, with no demonstration field.
Lodge and bands are to assemble in Mary Street and surrounding streets from 11.40am. The parade will move off at 12 noon.
ROUTE: Mary Street, Mark Street, Upper North Street, Talbot Street, William Street, Frederick Street, Mill Street, Circular Road, Donard Avenue, John Street, Old Mill Court, Frederick Street, Regent Street, Frances Street, Windmill Row, East Street, Zion Place, Upper Movilla Street, Queen Street, Upper Greenwell Street, New Road, Portaferry Road, Court Street, Old Cross Street, High Street, Conway Square.
This year’s parade will NOT finish in the usual manner in Conway Square. District officers along with the lead lodge and band will open ranks upon entering the Square, allowing all other lodges and bands to pass through, and proceed up the steps at the Town Hall, before turning left and exiting the Square at Clive’s. Each private lodge will then parade to their own individual dispersal point. The head of the parade will then reform for the playing of the National Anthem. We would urge members of the public not to gather in the Square, particularly along the left hand side, where the parade will exit.