The Glorious Twelfth is a significant date in the Orange Order calendar, marking the victory of Protestant King William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
The Orange Order is a Protestant organization based predominantly in Northern Ireland and Scotland, though it has lodges throughout Canada and the United States.
In Northern Ireland in 1795 the first Orange Lodge was established, with the date of the society’s first general meeting recorded as July 12, 1796.
On July 12, approximately 30 Orange Lodges will gather at the Neelin Street Community Centre (arena) in Carleton Place to celebrate the Battle of the Boyne’s 328th anniversary. Activities include a service of worship at 3 p.m., conducted by Rev. Dr. Ron Hunt of St. Bede’s Anglican Church in Nolan’s Corners. A roast beef dinner follows at 4:30 p.m.
Annual ‘King Billy’ July 12th parade marks Canada 150, plus 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation
King Billy has once again strode the streets of Carleton Place — albeit sidestepping Lake Avenue construction.
The annual July 12th parade, commemorating the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1690, when the forces of the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the forces of the Catholic King James II in County Meath, was held in Carleton Place this past Wednesday, starting at the arena on Neelin Street.
Orange Lodges from across eastern Ontario, from as far away as Renfrew County and Morrisburg, joined in the march, which went from the arena to downtown’s Bridge Street, and back. The parade, in years past, has gone down Lake Avenue to get to the downtown core, but had to be diverted this year because of ongoing construction work on the road.