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In Pictures: Belfast St Patrick's Day parade

St Patrick's Day Parade, Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Parade, Belfast 2009
A man takes part in the St Patrick's day parade in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, March, 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
A man gets his faced painted for the St Patrick's day parade in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, March, 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
A girl enjoys the atmosphere at the St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin emphasized that the island's 4 million Catholics must pray on St. Patrick's Day for an end to Irish Republican Army dissident attacks that claimed three lives this month in the British territory of Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
A dog called Shamrock is dressed in a festive costume for St Patrick's Day in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin emphasized that the island's 4 million Catholics must pray on St. Patrick's Day for an end to Irish Republican Army dissident attacks that claimed three lives this month in the British territory of Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
A boy in a festive costume enjoys a St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin emphasized that the island's 4 million Catholics must pray on St. Patrick's Day for an end to Irish Republican Army dissident attacks that claimed three lives this month in the British territory of Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
A man watches the St Patrick's day parade in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, March, 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patrick's Day Celebrations Belfast 2009
St Patricks Day celebrations in Belfast, 2009
Four year old Anna Lee enjoys the passing St Patricks Day parade in Belfast this afternoon from the top of a Belfast City Sightseeing Tour Bus.
St Patricks Day parade in Belfast this afternoon.
St Patricks Day Carnival and parade makes it way from City Hall to Custom House Square.
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks Day Carnival and parade makes it way from City Hall to Custom House Square.
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks Day Carnival and parade makes it way from City Hall to Custom House Square.
St Patricks Day Carnival and parade makes it way from City Hall to Custom House Square.
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks day celebrations, Belfast 09
St Patricks Day parade in Belfast this afternoon passes Castle Junction.
St Patricks Day parade in Belfast this afternoon.
St Patricks Day parade in High Street in Belfast this afternoon.
St Patricks Day parade in High Street in Belfast this afternoon.
St Patricks Day parade in High Street in Belfast this afternoon.
Cultural diversity at the St Patricks Day parade in Belfast this afternoon.
St Patricks Day parade in Belfast this afternoon.
The St Patricks Day parades, Belfast 09. Freya Ballard and Chloe Hanna from Carnival Creations
The St Patricks Day parades, Belfast 09. A visitor to Belfast's St Patricks Day parade enjoys the fun
The St Patricks Day parades, Belfast 09. Jack Wilson, Joel McLean, Georgia Beggley and Erin Mills all dressed for the occasion
The St Patricks Day parades, Belfast 09. People dressed for the occasion
The St Patricks Day parades, Belfast 09. Face painters dressed for the occasion
Children don colourful costumes as they take part in the St Patricks Day celebrations in Belfast where thousands of people were expected to join the carnival parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square for an open air concert by X Factor finalist Owen Quigg.
A young boy takes part in the St Patricks Day celebrations in Belfast where thousands of people were expected to join the carnival parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square for an open air concert by X Factor finalist Owen Quigg.
Belfast Lord Mayor Tom Hartley, left takes part in the St Patricks Day celebrations in Belfast where thousands of people were expected to join the carnival parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square for an open air concert by X Factor finalist Owen Quigg
Members of the public take part in the St Patricks Day celebrations in Belfast where thousands of people were expected to join the carnival parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square for an open air concert by X Factor finalist Owen Quigg.
Members of the public take part in the St Patricks Day celebrations in Belfast where thousands of people were expected to join the carnival parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square for an open air concert by X Factor finalist Owen Quigg.
Members of the public take part in the St Patricks Day celebrations in Belfast where thousands of people were expected to join the carnival parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square for an open air concert by X Factor finalist Owen Quigg.
Young children dressed as a marching band take part in the St Patricks Day celebrations in Belfast where thousands of people were expected to join the carnival parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square for an open air concert by X Factor finalist Owen Quigg
Dawn Chambers picks the first shamrocks of Spring in preparation for the St Patrick s Festival in Downpatrick today Tuesday 17 March 2009.
Former Miss World Rosanna Davison
Saint Patrick himself (aka Patrician expert, Neil Cusack) with an excited little group of international followers; (left to right) Madison Deegan, Owen and Adam Campbell and Amy Hillen
St Patrick riding on a snake in today's St Patrick's Day parade through Belfast City Centre.
Some of the performers in the St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast, Sunday 17 March 2002
Some irish dancers in the St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast, Sunday 17 March 2002
In Your Space performers Richard McClelland and Brendan Young, launching Derry City Council's St. Patrick s Day programme of events which include the St. Patrick's Day parade
Picking the First Shamrocks of Spring. To celebrate the launch of The St Patrick's Festival in Downpatrick, Dawn Chambers picks the first shamrocks of spring in the shadow of Down Cathedral, St Patrick's last resting place
Irish dancer Claire Donnelly, aged 15 and musician Tom McQueen at the launch of the St. Patricks Day Celebration Concert
A Down to Earth St Patrick's Tradition. Did you know that traditionally, emigrants leaving Ireland took a handful of the old sod with them from St Patrick's grave in Downpatrick to remind them of Ireland?
John Quinn and Katie Richardson from "The Beat" the company who are putting on the show as St. Patrick gets the X Factor. Tickets are on release from yesterday (23rd Feb) for this year's spectacular St Patricks Day concert in Belfast City Centre headlined by Northern Ireland's very own X Factor star Eoghan Quigg.
The St Patrick's Day Parade leaves the City Hall.
One young member of the parade enjoys her day.
The Saint patrick's Day Parade makes it's way through Belfast City Centre.
Out to walk in Belfast on St Patrick's Day yesterday is Jorden Agnew from West Belfast who gets carries away in the carnival spirit.
Pupils from Holy Cross Primary School in North Belfast, get in the festive spirit for St Patrick's Day as they prepare to parade to Belfast City Hall Sunday March 17 2002.
Some of the many young people who took part in the Saint Patricks day celebrations in Belfast
Two young boys climb a tree for a vantage point to watch the Saint Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast.
Some of the many multi-cultural groups that took part in the Saint Patricks day celebrations in Belfast
Some of the many young people who took part in the Saint Patricks day celebrations in Belfast
Stilt walkers take part in the Saint Patricks day celebrations in Belfast.
Chinese Dragons lead the Saint Patricks day celebrations in Belfast.
St Patrick's Day Parade In Belfast Northern Ireland April 02
Belfast St Patrick's Day Celebrations March 2002. All smiles as the girls and parents from the Holy Cross School at Ardoyne lead the North belfast contingent into the city centre during the annual St Patricks Day parade

Belfast city centre was transformed into a sea of colour and music today for the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

Hundreds lined the route from the City Hall to Custom House Square where teenage singing sensation Eoghan Quigg delighted the crowds.

Oompa Loompas from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, some carrying oversize lollipops, accompanied the drum-banging band as the party got into full swing.

Stilt walkers and a mobile human windmill with aerial acrobats on either end accompanied the procession on its short journey to Custom House Square.

Exploring the theme of 'Legends, Myths and Stories', and featuring hundreds of participants from all corners of Belfast, it left the City Hall at 12 noon.

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Video: Carnival atmosphere in Belfast

Video: Highlights from the parade

Video: Eoghan Quigg in town

St Patrick's Day Greetings

Some 5,000 tickets for the centrepiece concert were snapped up in just a few days.

The main concert, compered by Pete Snodden of Cool FM, started at 1pm. The first half of the bill featured Celtic fusionists Breag, Belfast-based traditional Irish five-piece At First Light and pioneering percussionists Torann.

The headline pop act, Dungiven teenage singing sensation Eoghan Quigg, was a star of the last series of The X Factor.

This is the fourth year Belfast City Council has organised a carnival procession and free concert.

This evening the Ulster Orchestra will be giving their now traditional concert at the Belfast Waterfront, while the newly reopened Ulster Hall will be hosting 'Sham-Rock', a tribute to music greats Rory Gallagher and Thin Lizzy.

Belfast City Council also has funded a wide variety of community groups across the city, to help people celebrate St Patrick's Day in their own neighbourhoods. Almost 100 organisations received a share of £30,000 in grant aid from the council's Good Relations Fund.



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