Thousands are expected to attend Easter Rising cententary commemorations across Mid Ulster and Tyrone today.
The Loup, Ballinascreen, Coalisland and Carrickmore will be the venues for some of the larger events on Easter Sunday.
The parade will be full of colour, vibrancy and pageantry to fittingly mark the occasion of the centenary of the Proclamation of the Irish RepublicIan Milne MLA
Mid Ulster MLA, Ian Milne said the events “will be spectacular and colourful as well as a fitting tribute to our patriot dead and their families”.
The Sinn Féin man said: “The main Counties Derry & Antrim 1916 Easter Rising commemorative parade will take place at The Loup on Easter Sunday. The parade will be full of colour, vibrancy and pageantry to fittingly mark the occasion of the centenary of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
“It will assemble at Ballyronan Road at 2.30pm sharp before making its way to the graveside of Brigadier Seán Larkin where a ceremony of remembrance will be held.
“Recreating the atmosphere of 100 years ago, a large contingent of those marching will be in period dress. The well organised parade will include the uniforms and memorabilia of the time.
“Historical re-enactors representing the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan, Irish Citizen Army and Na Fianna Éireann will be taking part. As always South Derry Martyrs Flute Band will be joined by others when adding great music to the event.”
North Derry republicans will gather for their 1916 commemoration in Dungiven at mid-day before travelling to The Loup to join the hundreds of republicans for centenary celebrations.
Mr Milne added: “On Easter Monday, Swatragh republicans will host their annual 1916 commemorative parade. Marchers will assemble at The Diamond at 2.30pm and the parade will reflect the egalitarian principles of the 1916 Proclamation with the chosen theme of the parade being ‘CHERISHING ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE NATION EQUALLY’. Young traditional musicians and Irish dancers will be performing.”
“The centenary celebration of the Easter Rising is a time to build, a time to reflect and it is a time to rededicate ourselves to the achievement of the politics of Wolfe Tone, of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, but remembering especially our local republican dead.” Let us remember and honour those who rose in rebellion but more importantly let us complete their work. Let us imagine and achieve that better future.
“The Proclamation summons her children to her flag and strike for her freedom.We are those children.
“I invite everyone to join in that great historic enterprise and to be part of our commemorative events this Easter.”
Over the course of the weekend, wreathlaying ceremonies will be held:
Maghera (Glen) 10.30am
Centenary events are also being