While we were having a few drinks and waiting for the rest of our party to arrive I heard loud drums. Owing to the part of town that we were in I suspected I was in for a treat from our loyal sons of Ulster.
They didn't disappoint.
The South Down Defenders had organised a parade and band "competition", no doubt tested on their strident anti-Catholicism.
There was a minimal police presence and standing outside the Brass Monkey having a smoke I was left to ponder what drove these people to parade and invite over 60 bands from across the North to take part.
There was only 6 people watching these bands and the only people who clapped as the bands passed were the two Stewarts.
All in all it was quite pathetic!
I didn't feel in anyway threatened standing almost side by side with these "loyal brethren".
Though I did find those subdued and pompous looking bands people quite alien to me.
If that is what they call culture then I am glad to be considered uncultured.
What do Unionists get out of these cultural events?