Two controversial parades, one involving loyalists and the second by republicans, passed off peacefully in North Belfast this afternoon where the PSNI mounted a huge security operation involving hundreds of officers.

During the first event two Orange bands were allowed to pass past Saint Patrick's Catholic Church, but were limited to playing solemn music.

A quarter of a mile away, a republican flute band marched to the grave of Henry Joy McCracken.

In recent years significant rioting has taken place in this area.