Schedule of parades
9am: Two bands parade through Fountain Estate, Kennedy Street, Kennedy Place, Hawkin Street, London Street, and Society Street.
9.30am: ABOD General Committee and eight Parent Clubs, with nine bands will assemble in Society Street for a parade around the City Walls anti-clockwise, then on to the War Memorial in the Diamond for a wreath laying ceremony via Society Street, Bishop Street, and the Diamond. They will parade to St Columb’s Cathedral for a church service via Ferryquay Street, Pump Street and into St Columb’s Cathedral.
11.30am: One band will parade from Fountain Estate via Wapping Lane, Carlisle Square, Carlisle Road, Ferryquay Street, the Diamond, Bishop Street, London Street to Artillery Street. There they will await the main parade.
11.45am: General Committee, led by one band, parades from St Columb’s Cathedral, London Street, Hawkin Street and Carlisle Road for a pageant involving historical reconstructions, including musket-firing. Fireworks will be discharged from a barge on the River Foyle to symbolise the breaking of the boom. This will signal the start of the main parade.
Main parade, 12.30pm: The main parade, which takes two-and-a-half hours, starts at Duke Street and proceeds via Craigavon Bridge, Carlisle Road, Ferryquay Street, the Diamond, Bishop Street, London Street, Hawkin Street, Kennedy Street, Wapping Lane, Abercorn Road, Carlisle Square, Craigavon Bridge, Spencer Road, Dungiven Road, Dennet Gardens, Sheskin Gardens, Bann Drive, Finn Gardens, Mourne Drive, Dennet Gardens, Dungiven Road, Glendermott Road, Bonds Street to May Street.
Return Parade, 5pm: General Committee & eight Parent Clubs parade back to cityside from May Street via Bonds Street, Dungiven Road, Clooney Terrace, Spencer Road, Craigavon Bridge Carlisle Road Ferryquay Street, the Diamond, Bishop Street, and Palace Street to Society Street. On dispersal at the Memorial Hall, one band will parade Society Street, London Street, Hawkin Street, Kennedy Street and the Fountain Estate.
Traffic diversions and delays are likely from 10.30am. Traffic will not be allowed onto the parade route after 12pm and cars parked on the parade route will not be able to move until the parade has passed their point. Vehicles travelling from the Limavady direction towards Strabane will be diverted at Caw Roundabout via Crescent Link, Trench Road, and Duncastle Road to Newbuildings. Traffic bound for the Cityside should use the Foyle Bridge.
Vehicles travelling from Strabane towards Limavady will be diverted at Newbuildings via Woodside Road, Gortinure Road and Trench Road to Altnagelvin.
City side-bound traffic and local residents will be permitted to use Victoria Road and the lower deck of Craigavon Bridge, although delays should be anticipated.
There will be no access from the lower deck of the bridge onto Duke Street.
Chapel Road - which is normally restricted to one-way traffic - will be available for vehicles to travel in BOTH directions throughout the day.
Police are also advising people travelling to the city to see the parade to use official car parks.
At the request of residents in the Waterside, parking restrictions will be strictly enforced . Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and may be towed away. Recovery will be at the owners’ expense.
Motorists should allow extra time for their journeys and should take extra care on the diversionary routes.