Ten years ago, there was a five day media lead up to the main event, and then rolling news coverage for the next ten days.
Five years ago, there was a day long build up, and a lot of talking head activity to celebrate the good behaviour of all involved.
Yesterday, there wasn’t even a single talking head.
The annual Orange Order parade at Drumcree in Portadown has passed without incident.
Orangemen have been banned since 1998 from going down the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road in Portadown after their annual march from Drumcree church.
After a service at Drumcree Church, about 300 Orangemen and two bands walked to a police gate at the bottom of the hill.
That’s got to be a sign of progress, hasn’t it?
Hurrah! I’m still going to attempt to be in a quiet, out-of-the-way location next week, though…