Drew Nelson, Grand Secretary of the Orange Order, continues with his charm offensive with an interview in the Guardian. He highlights how the problems of the Notting Hill Carnival were overcome and believes the same can be true of the Twelfth parades.
“Only the Notting Hill carnival can beat it in the British Isles. Notting Hill has overcome its problems of drugs, [policing and] deaths. We can overcome our problems.”
The Notting Hill Carnival has its roots in Catholic tradition. OO delegations have attended the Carnival and a number of events in Europe and met the respective organisers. The article also notes the new approach to engagement adopted by the Order.