Portadown True Blues in Canada in 1982
Graeme Cousins, Newsletter
18th March 2020
GRAEME COUSINS finds out why a blood and thunder band from Co Armagh have been invited to a special parade in Canada.
A marching band from Portadown is gearing up for a return to Canada where it will take part in the longest continually running procession in North America.
Portadown True Blues Flute Band’s first visit to Toronto came in 1982 to take part in the city’s Twelfth of July celebrations.
Orange historian Quincey Dougan said: “The Orange heritage of Canada is well known, but lesser known is that the Toronto Twelfth of July celebrations can actually lay claim to being the longest continually running procession in North America, if not the entire world.