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Loyalist parade set for Omagh town centre

The loyalist marching season returns tonight (Friday) with two dozen bands set to parade around Omagh town centre.

Omagh True Blues’ annual parade takes place over the course of three hours, taking in Market Street, High Street and Bridge Street.

The loyalist marching band, which was set up in Omagh in 2003 “to promote the protestant culture through music”, will march from 7.30pm.

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The other 23 bands invited to take part in the event will set off from 8.30pm.

The organisers estimate that in the region of 800 may take part.

The route of the 7.30pm parade, which starts from the car park behind the Bank of Ireland, takes in Campsie, Dublin Road and Market Road before coming to a halt at the car park beside Dunnes Stores.

The main parade then leaves that car park at 8.30pm, marching along Irishtown Road, Crevenagh Road and back through Campsie Road again, before heading through the heart of the town centre via Market Street, High Street, Bridge Street and Drumragh Avenue, returning along the Dublin Road to the car park at Dunnes.

The organisers estimate that the parade will conclude at 11.30pm.

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