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St Patrick's Day revellers to paint the North West green

St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
The giant dragon which descended on spectators during the annual St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. Inpresspics.com. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. 17.3.11
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
Stacey Solomon sings in Belfast City Centre.
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's Day in Belfast city centre 2011
Lemar sings in Belfast City Centre
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. The parade makes it's way through the city centre.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. A young piper in the PSNI Pipe band makes his way through the city centre with the parade.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. A piper in the PSNI Pipe band makes his way through the city centre with the parade.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. People involved in the parade make there way through the city centre.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. Left to right. Anna Gonzlez, Angela Mora, Rocio Cruz from Spain.
People line the streets of Belfast for the annual St Patrick's Day parade. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2011. Celebrations are taking place in towns and cities across Northern Ireland to mark St Patrick's Day. In Belfast a colourful march left City Hall led by pipe bands and featuring environment-themed floats. Thousands of people have lined the streets of the city centre for the annual procession. See PA story ULSTER Parade. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and makeing it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. Seven-year-old Lois Lynch from Belfast.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and makeing it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. Seven-year-old Corey Light from Belfast.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and makeing it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. Shane Friend(left) and his son Dan(right) from Belfast with Carman Acutina from the Philippines.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. The parade makes it's way through the city centre.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. The parade makes it's way through the city centre.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. The parade makes it's way through the city centre.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. The parade makes it's way through the city centre.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. The parade makes it's way through the city centre.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. The parade makes it's way through the city centre.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. People enjoy the parade as it makes it's way through the city centre.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. The parade makes it's way through the city centre.
St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and makeing it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. Seven-year-old Lois Lynch from Belfast.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and makeing it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. Left to right. Clementine Billet, Isabelle Maldera and Delphine Marcodini from near Lyon in France.
©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 17th March 2011. St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre with a parade leaving the City Hall and makeing it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. William Ford from south east England.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
Racegoers take part in an impromptue ceilidh during St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Racegoers take part in an impromptue ceilidh during St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham Racecourse. March 17, 2011. To launch picture gallery click image above
Racegoers take part in an impromptue ceilidh during St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2011. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire.
A racegoer studies the form during St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2011. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire.
Gloucestershire Police Inspectors Steve Templeton and Karen Ellis join in with the St. Patrick's Day spirit at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2011. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire.
The Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago
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St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day celebrations take place in Belfast. Left to right. Alice McGirr, Aoibheann Shiels, Maeve Flanagan and Sinead McLaughlin pictured in Belfast City Centre. 2010
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
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St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
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St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
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St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
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St Patrick's Day 2010: London
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Thousands of people from across the North West will tomorrow gather to paint the town green as St Patrick’s Day celebrations get under way.

Events are being staged in Londonderry, Limavady, Strabane and across Donegal with local authorities, pubs and clubs bracing themselves for a weekend of pageantry and revelling.

In Derry there will be a Rio de Janeiro flavour as around 1,000 people from 90 different community groups form the city’s largest ever St Patrick’s Day spring carnival parade in the city centre.

And even the dogs from the street will be getting involved, with the Rainbow Rehoming Centre dressing their canines up in green tabby bows for the march through the city.

Family-friendly events, concerts and dancing will surround the parade from 12.30pm.

Organised by the North West Carnival Initiative, the Voyage of Discovery themed event will feature colourful floats, music and dance. It will commemorate the city’s aviation and maritime history, with Amelia Earhart and St Colmcille among the famous characters making an appearance.

The theme links into the city’s journey as it prepares for the Clipper Homecoming Maritime Festival in June and the UK City of Culture year in 2013.

The Rio de Janeiro dancers and pageants element is linked to the experience of Londonderry’s Clipper entry during a stopover in the Brazilian city.

A traditional Irish music theme will also be intertwined as Derry gears up to host the All Ireland Fleadh in 2013.

For many the celebrations will start when Ireland’s rugby team take on England in the Six Nations tournament at Twickenham.

The game will be screened live at the City of Derry Rugby club in Drumahoe and also on the Big Screen in the city centre.

The Walled City Market will also be taking place against the backdrop of the Big Screen on Waterloo Place.

Activities running both before and after the parade in this area will include games of bungee rugby and full swing rides.

A tent will host a themed Olympic Torch Relay and Clipper Craft workshop in preparation for both festivals this summer.

Traditional music, food and activities will also be on offer at Shipquay Street, the Peace Bridge, the Craft Village and Ebrington.

Alongside the council programme there will be a range of events including Irish language Week at venues across the city, already having begun on March 6.

The Gasyard will tomorrow host a morning of arts and crafts, traditional entertainment, face painting, ceili and sports events for varying ages.

Culturlann Ui Chanain will host a St Patrick’s Day shindig starting early in the day and leading onto a ceili house.

Parades will also take place in Strabane, Buncrana, Moville and Letterkenny, with Limavady also hosting a series of themed events.

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