A number of loyalist feeder parades in Northern Ireland have passed off without incident.

In Belfast, nationalist residents' groups staged a number of peaceful protests as the Apprentice Boys of Derry made their way to the main annual parade.

Protests were staged near St Patrick's Church in the city centre and near the Ardoyne shop fronts in north Belfast.

The Apprentice Boys adhered to the Parades Commission's determination of playing a single drumbeat while passing the flashpoints.

Today is considered to mark the start of the loyalist marching season.