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In Pictures: St Patrick's Day 2010

By Victoria O'Hara

Published 18/03/2010 | 00:00

St Patrick's Day, Armagh. 2010
St Patrick's Day, Armagh. 2010
St Patricks Day Parade Belfast. Submitted by R Wilkinson
St Patrick's Day pre-parade snack, Belfast . Submitted by R Wilkinson
Pacemaker Press 17/3/10 Young boys watch the St Patrick's day parade in Armagh Yesterday Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
St Patrick's Day, Armagh. 2010
St Patrick's Day, Armagh. 2010
St Patrick's Day Armagh. 2010
St Patrick's Day Armagh. 2010
St Patrick's Day Armagh. 2010
St Patrick's Day 2010: Armagh
St Patrick's Day 2010: Armagh
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
Flashback .... St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Dublin
St Patrick's Day 2010: London
St Patrick's Day 2010: London
St Patrick's Day 2010: London
St Patrick's Day 2010: Nottingham
St Patrick's Day 2010: Nottingham
St Patrick's Day 2010: Nottingham
St Patrick's Day 2010: Nottingham
St Patrick's Day 2010: Nottingham
St Patrick's Day 2010: London
St Patrick's Day 2010: London
St Patrick's Day 2010: London
St Patrick's Day 2010: London
St Patrick's Day 2010: London
Irish Wolfhound dogs with their owners march during the Brisbane, Australia St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Brisbane CBD
Thousands of spectators watch as the Chicago River is dyed green prior to the annual St. Patrick's Day parade
Spectators watch as the Chicago River is dyed green prior to the annual St. Patrick's Day parade
Spectators react as they brave rain and 40 degree temperatures to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago
Revelers prepare to march in the 249th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2010 in New York City
A band marches in the 249th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2010 in New York City
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg marches in the 249th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2010 in New York City
US President Barack Obama speaks during a Friends of Ireland Lunch at the US Capitol with the Taoiseach of Ireland Brian Cowen in attendance on March 17, 2010 in Washington, DC
A Marlins fan watches the the Atlanta Braves take on the Florida Marlins on St. Patrick's Day at Roger Dean Stadium on March 17, 2010 in Jupiter, Florida
The South Lawn Fountain is dyed green in honor of St. Patrick's Day at the White House March 17, 2010 in Washington DC
St Patrick's Day 2010: Taoiseach Brian Cowen in Washington DC
A painting of Saint Patrick is seen outside Saint Patrick's Cathedral during the 249th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2010 in New York City

Shamrocks, massive butterflies and an award-winning rapper created a carnival atmosphere for thousands of revellers on St Patrick’s Day yesterday.

Not even an imminent birth could stop one woman from coming to watch the spring-themed Belfast parade.

The City Hall was the starting point for the parade, which made its way to Custom House Square, led by colourful floats from The Beat Initiative.

In Video: Belfast's St Patrick's Day parade

Thousands of people lined the streets to enjoy the spectacle including pregnant Belfast woman Natalie McQuade, whose due date was yesterday.

“I did not think I would be going anywhere, and thought why not come down!” she joked.

The patron saint’s day was also celebrated in Downpatrick — the reputed burial site of Saint Patrick.

And in Londonderry thousands turned out for the Springtime in Wonderland parade, with lively samba and marching bands.

There were parades too in Omagh, Armagh and Coleraine.

At around 1pm the celebrations continued at Custom House Square with a range of traditional and contemporary music acts, including MOBO award winner Chipmunk.

The celebration was brought to a close by 2008 X Factor finalist Ruth Lorenzo.

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