Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Parades Commission ban parades?
No, the Parades Commission does not have the power to ban parades although it can place conditions on a parade. These most frequently involve, for example, the restriction of a parade from a particular area, a route restriction or a restriction on music.
How can one know what parades are contentious?
Is the Parades Commission a government body?
Is the parades legislation not just a protestors’ charter- whoever threatens the most violence or disruption wins?
What are the rules governing sectarian songs and paramilitary displays?
What happens if those taking part in a parade do not comply with route restrictions/conduct conditions?
What happens when someone disagrees with a Parades Commission ruling?
What is the structure of the Parades Commission?
Why does the Parades Commission allow parades in areas where they are not wanted?