A controversial loyalist parade in Belfast has passed off without incident.

The march, involving one band and members of the Apprentice Boys of Derry took place near the republican Ardoyne area, the scene of serious rioting on the 12th of July last year.

This morning a group of protesters held a banner as the parade passed by. There were no incidents and the protesters dispersed after the parade had passed.

The Easter Monday marches mark the official start of this year's loyalist marching season.

Roger Poole, head of the North's Parades Commission, observed the march and said afterwards that the marchers and protesters had behaved in a dignified manner.