Orangefest 2018

Join thousands of people as they celebrate The Twelfth, the biggest annual festival in Northern Ireland. The celebrations showcase aspects of Ulster's rich heritage and culture such as Orange Lodges, marching bands, fife and drums, flute music and the resonant sound of Ulster's unique Lambeg drum.

The Twelfth, as it is known locally, refers to the 12 July, which is a Public Holiday in Northern Ireland. On this date in 1690 King William III, Prince of Orange, defeated King James II at the Battle of the Boyne. The battle had European significance as King William secured the Glorious Revolution and laid the foundation for the British Constitutional Monarchy, which exists today.

One of the largest Twelfth of July parades takes place in Belfast, with other parades taking place throughout Northern Ireland.

The city centre will be open for business from 12 noon - 5pm on Thursday 12th July.

Wednesday 11 July: Open as normal, 9am - 6pm
Thursday 12 July: 12 noon - 5pm
Friday 13 July: Open as normal, 9am - 6pm (St George's Market is closed. Victoria Square is open 9.30am - 9pm).

12th July Timetable

10 am : Parade commences at Carlisle Circus continuing to Clifton Street, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue, Donegall Place

10.15 am : Wreath laying service at cenotaph. Parade moves from  grounds of City Hall, Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Bradbury Place, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue, Malone Road and Barnett Demesne.

12 noon : City centre shops open for business after the parade has passed

5 pm : Shops close

5.30pm (approx) : Parade returns through the city centre


There are feeder parades which will come into the city centre before joining the main parade from 8am - 10am. Please see the details below.


Sandy Row Loyal Orange Order District Chapter No 5

LOL No 603 Angelo Davidson Memorial

Ballynafeigh District LOL No 10

Ballymacarrett District LOL No 6

Main parade - County Grand Lodge of Belfast

Coote Memorial LOL 1921

No 9 District LOL

No 3 District Loyal Orange Lodge


Public Transport and car parking

Public transport details

The Metro summer timetable will operate from Sunday 1 July - Sunday 2 September with disruption to services on Thursday 12th July.

You can view the timetable for Metro services for Thursday 12th July here - Thursday 12th July Metro services

And also the timetable for Friday 13th July Metro services

NI Railways will operate a Saturday service on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July. *Derry rail link bus service will operate a Saturday service as will Newry rail link bus service 341.

Download the Transink app or plan online

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July are non charging days for on street car parking and some off street car parking. A list of the off street car parks which will be non charging on these dates can be found below.

Ashdale Street                              

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday) 85 spaces

Charlotte Street                            

8am – 6pm (Monday -Saturday) 90 spaces

Corporation Square                    

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday) 168 spaces

Corporation Street                     

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday) 124 spaces

Cromac Street                              

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday)  99 spaces

Dunbar Street                               

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday)  32 

Exchange Street                          

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday) 46

Hope Street North                       

8am – 9pm (Monday-Saturday)  41

Little Donegall Street                 

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday)  105

Little Victoria Street                    

8am – 9pm (Monday-Saturday) 84

Little Victoria Street car park will be closed from 6 February for approximately 22 weeks for extensive works.

Marlborough Avenue                 

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday)  31

Smithfield, Winetavern Street

8am – 6pm (Monday -Wednesday and Friday -Saturday) 8am – 9pm (Thurs) 107 

Station Street                       

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday)  114 and 1 motorcycle bay 

York Street/ Lancaster Street 

8am – 6pm (Monday-Saturday)  53 


We have also listed the opening hours of a number of city centre car parks which can be found below.


Further details on available car parks can be viewed here City centre car parks


Please visit the Visit Belfast website for a list of activities happening over the July holidays -