The Orange Order is yet again urging its members and supporters attending Monday’s Twelfth demonstrations to get themselves ‘in the picture’ on the biggest day in the parading calendar.
Following the huge success of last year’s pilot initiative, the Loyal Institution is encouraging Orangemen, women, bands personnel, and spectators to take Twelfth ‘selfies’ using their smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
The selfie phenomenon – where individuals take self-portrait photographs with a camera at arm’s length – captured the colour, spectacle and unrivalled carnival atmosphere at Orange parades across Northern Ireland in 2014. The venture was an instant online hit, with participants sharing their personal and quirky images via the Institution’s various social media channels.
A total of 18 demonstrations will take place across the Province next week, with tens of thousands of people both participating and spectating, as the Orange fraternity marks the 325th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The largest parade will take place in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, which has also been awarded tourist flagship status.
Grand Lodge Community Education Officer, David Scott, said: “2014 will always be remembered in Orange circles as the year of the Twelfthie. We were delighted with the response to our appeal which clearly captured the imagination of our many followers on social media, and showcased the largest day in the parading calendar to a worldwide audience.
“The Twelfth is unsurpassed in terms of its colour and vibrancy; with distinctive banners, collarettes and impressive band uniforms providing the perfect backdrop for those wishing to partake in a selfie photograph to mark the occasion.
“We hope those taking part and spectating at this year’s celebrations have a wonderful day and snapshot, and share, their favourite moments with us.”
To share your Twelfth selfie on Twitter, follow the Institution via @OrangeOrder and use the hashtag #Twelfthie when sharing your images.
Alternatively, find the Institution on Facebook by searching ‘Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland’ and send your photos.