PICTURES: Massive crowds come out for Ballyclare parades

Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland.'Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.'William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballyclare town.'Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland.'Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.'William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballyclare town.'Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Twelfth of July parades were today taking place in 17 locations across Northern Ireland bringing tens of thousands to the streets.

This year, parades were being held in:

Aghalee

Ballyclare

Ballygawley

Ballymena

Belfast

Brookeborough

Broughshane

Castlederg

Donaghcloney

Garvagh

Londonderry

Loughgall

Newcastle

Newtownards

Portglenone

Rasharkin

Stewartstown