A large turnout of bands is expected at the annual Kilcluney Volunteers Flute Band parade and competition today (Friday) in Markethill.
The parade will be led by the Imperial Corps of Drums, Liverpool, considered one of the finest marching bands in the UK.
A variety of some of the best silver, pipe, accordion and flute bands from across the country will also be taking part.
Bands from seven Ulster counties have already confirmed their attendance, and a number of bands will also be making their inaugural appearance.
Kilcluney have worked closely with the local community to ensure the parade is as family friendly as possible.
They would appreciate everyone in attendance on Friday obeying the parking restrictions and complying with council by-laws. The parade starts at 7.30pm, and local bands are encouraged to parade early to try and limit the inevitable queues.
The band will also have a stall situated at the parade finishing point. Band merchandise including DVDs of previous parades, t-shirts, posters and badges will be on sale.
A spokesperson for Kilcluney said, “This year’s parade is shaping up to be another fantastic night of entertainment for the whole family. We are delighted to be welcoming Imperial Corps of Drums, Liverpool to the parade. Members of the band have been working tirelessly towards this date for months ensuring that everything is in place for a memorable night in Markethill. It promises to be a powerful display of music and colour with bands from every musical genre in attendance.”
Kilcluney are always seeking dedicated new recruits of all ages. Tuition classes for the flute and drum sections start at 7.30pm every Monday night at Kilcluney Orange Hall on Mowhan Road. All new members will be given a warm welcome and the band will endeavour to organise transport if required.