Each Twelfth of July, the Orange Order holds its annual parade through Belfast to the "field". The origins of this parade date back to the Battle of the Boyne fought between King James and King William of Orange in 1690. The main purpose of the parade is to allow Orangemen to asset their Britishness and it has been a source of conflict between Catholics and Protestants throughout the recent "troubles" in Northern Ireland.
The celebrations still have traditional elements such as bonfires, bands, flags and bowler hats, but in recent years there has been attempts to turn the Twelfth into more of a folk festival. On the march back from the field, Orangemen can be seen wearing wigs, hats and masks.
Northern Ireland is now at peace, but it remains to be seen if the Twelfth can be turned into a folk festival.
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