The rumble of drums, the piping of flutes echoed through the warm summer twilight. Hundreds upon hundreds of men in bowler hats and orange sashes marched through the north of Belfast, their bright silken banners gilded by the setting sun. As the Sunday-suited men strode past, to the tune of their stirring ancestral anthem, The Sash, a British army helicopter hovered overhead and riot police stood guard before the 20-ft.-high screens they had just erected. Later that evening, 22 miles away, another group of men in tribal orange filed through the village of Downpatrick and gathered on a field of freshly...
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