Royal Black Institution Scarva 2013

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Photographs from the annual Royal Black Institution parade held in Scarva, Co. Down - July 2013.

The collection includes photographs of pipe bands, flute bands, Royal Black Preceptories, brass / silver bands and Royal Black Institution banners. This includes photos of: Warringsford Pipe Band, Portadown District colour party, Church View RBP from Seagoe, Hiram’s Chosen Few RBP, Erin’s First Royal Blues RBP No 1, Poyntzpass Silver Band, Knights of the Crimson Arrow RBP and Markethill Protestant Boys Flute Band.

The Scarva demonstration sees dozens of Royal Black Preceptories from across County Down parade through the narrow streets of the village accompanied by a similar number of accordion, flue, pipe and silver bands.

Scarva is historically significant as William III camped at Scarva with his army during the march from Carrickfergus (William’s landing place in Ireland) to the site of the 1690 Battle of the Boyne near Drogheda.

Tens of thousands of visitors attend the Scarva demonstration, which includes the ‘Sham Fight’, a dramatization of the battle between William and James.
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