05 June 2010

CARRICKFERGUS PAGEANT

The Carrickfergus Pageant is one of the most colourful events on the Northern Ireland calendar, attracting thousands of spectators.

This year the pageant is on Saturday, June 12. The parade consisting of lodges and bands will leave Woodburn Playing Fields at 12.15pm and go to the harbour for King William’s landing at 1pm.

Carrickfergus is rich in the history of the period, with its magnificent castle overlooking the harbour where King William landed in 1690. A statue in his memory stands in the shadow of the castle.

The re-enactors from our lodge, along with others, dressed in period costume, will leave the Townhall at approximately 12.20pm and parade to the Castle.

King William, accompanied by dragoons and soldiers, will leave the harbour at 1.20pm and walk through the town to Marine Gardens, arriving at 2.15pm.

There will be a break for 90 minutes and the return parade begins at 3,45pm.

Among the guests will be the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Robert Saulters.