Today sees the return of Belfast Culture Night (though it actually starts at 1pm) with over 250 events at over 100 venues (mostly around the Cathedral Quarter), and all free. See here for more details: Culture Night Belfast.
The town of Bushmills, County Antrim, boasts the oldest licenced whiskey distillery in Ireland, and maybe the world. It is here that the world famous Bushmills Irish Whiskey is produced. Visitors can take a tour of the distillery and sample the whiskey for themselves.
The streets of Belfast were awash with colour today, as tens of thousands of people descended on the city centre to watch the annual Belfast Pride Parade. The parade is the highlight of the 10-day Belfast Pride festival, the largest LGBT festival in Ireland. The BBC reported that 50,000 people turned up to watch the parade, now in its 26th year.
The Twelfth of July is one of the biggest festivals in Northern Ireland, and celebrates the Protestant King William III (aka Prince William of Orange) defeating the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
Last night I had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand one of the world’s great street parties, as south Belfast loyalists kicked off their Twelfth of July celebrations with a huge Bonfire Night fiesta in the city’s Sandy Row district.