Defenders on parade from Joseph Street

Portadown Defenders on parade.
Portadown Defenders on parade.

A local band are set to hold their annual parade and competition next Friday evening, August 14.

Dubbed ‘Portadown’s biggest parade’, the event organised by Portadown Defenders Flute Band tends to attract around 60 bands of several styles from across the province.

The Defenders open the night by walking the town at a revised time of 6.45pm, with all other visiting bands following suit after their return to the starting point in Joseph Street. The parade route is: Bridge Street, High Street, Market Street, Church Street, Armagh Road, Jervis Street, West Street before making its return to Watson Street.

The hosts have worked tirelessly throughout the last 12 months to raise the profile of the parade, by attending over 50 parades, including eight parades in nine days in July of this year.

East Belfast Protestant Boys Flute will be keen to retain their Best Overall Band trophy, which they have won for the last two years. A total of 11 trophies are up for grabs, as all visiting bands are judged on their performance on the night. Local bands Kilcluney Volunteers Flute and Pride of the Birches Accordion both enjoyed success in last years parade.

A collection held by the Defenders will take place on the night, with all monies raised going towards the band’s high running costs.