Friday, 10 July 2009

Orangefest – it’s Mardi Gras time in Belfast

AS sashes are being dusted off for the March to The Field, regalia, banners and bunting are once again unfurled for the Twelfth, new Culture Minister, Nelson McCausland launched Orangefest on the Shankill Road.

Apparently with shops in the city centre set to open on the Twelfth (well actually the 13th this year…no Sunday marching when Lord’s Day Observing Nelson is about!). It will be a fun-filled family day out. Simply turn up, watch those funny looking men parade, then head along to Belfast’s shopping mecca for some discount bargains and grab a bite to eat.

Just make sure that you get all that done before the return parade, when the hangers on and occasional drunkard will be a bit more tetchy if you aren’t waving your plastic Union Jack in a jaunty fashion.

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