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Thursday 27 November 2014

Thousands at St Patrick's Day event

17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. The St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as watched by thousands as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. The St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as watched by thousands as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
A Phoenix rises above the crowd at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
The St Patricks Day parade in Derry city 2013. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The St Patricks Day parade in Derry city 2013. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The St Patricks Day parade in Derry city 2013. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The St Patricks Day parade in Derry city 2013. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The St Patricks Day parade in Derry city 2013. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
A dancer from the Dolphin Group at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
Part of the crowd who lined the route at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
High higher view for some at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
A dancer from the Dolphin Group at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
A Phoenix rises above the crowd at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. The parade makes its way through the City Centre.
The St Patricks Day parade in Derry city 2013. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
The St Patricks Day parade in Derry city 2013. Picture Margaret McLaughlin © by-line
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands watch the annual St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. The St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as watched by thousands as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. The St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as watched by thousands as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. The St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as watched by thousands as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Part of the crowd who lined the route at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
High higher view for some at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands watch the annual St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
A dancer from the Dolphin Group at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
St Paddy's Wagon at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
A dancer at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
A dancer at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
A Phoenix rises above the crowd at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
Every Vantage pint was taken during the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
A Phoenix rises above the crowd at the All KInds of Everything Spring Carnival in Derry~Londonderry as part of a weekend of celebrations marking St. Patrick's Day. Picture Martin McKeown. 17.3.13
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Traditional Irish dancers perform to the huge crowd in Custom House Square as part of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade festival in Belfast. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands watch the annual St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. St. Patrick himself leads the annual St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall watched by thousands as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands watch the annual St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands watch the annual St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. The St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as watched by thousands as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. The St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as watched by thousands as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. The St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as watched by thousands as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
17/3/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Thousands watch the annual St. Patrick's Day parade from Belfast City Hall as it made it's way to Custom House Square for a festival concert. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. The Voice's David Julien preforms on stage during the concert.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. Fans pictured during the concert.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. Fans pictured during the concert.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. X Factor's Amelia Lily preforms on stage during the concert.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. X Factor's Amelia Lily preforms on stage during the concert.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. St Patrick leads the parade through the City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. Left to right. Ella Dunn(5) with her sisters, Leah(7) and Freya(6) pictured at the parade.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. The parade makes its way through the City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. The parade makes its way through the City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. The parade makes its way through the City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. The parade makes its way through the City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. The parade makes its way through the City Centre.
Northern Ireland- 17th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast Annual St Patrick's Carnival Parade in the City Centre. The carnival started with a parade from the CIty Hall and was followed by a concert in Custom House Square with a number of acts including The Voice's David Julien and X Factor's Amelia Lily. The parade makes its way through the City Centre.
Street performers take part in the St Patrick's day parade through Belfast city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
People enjoy the St Patrick's day parade through Belfast city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Street performers take part in the St Patrick's day parade through Belfast city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
People enjoy the St Patrick's day parade through Belfast city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Georgia Kennedy, aged 10, during the St Patrick's day parade through Belfast city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire
Performers during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Performers during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Erinna Behal and her niece Rosie Behal (10) meet 'Paddy Drac' during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
A woman wears false flag eyelashes during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
A reveller during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabine greet crowds during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Revellers during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Revellers during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Revellers during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
A reveller during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Revellers during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
A Canadian marching band joins revellers during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
A reveller during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Rosie Nina, aged 10 joins revellers during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
People enjoy the St Patrick's day parade through Belfast city centre

A giant Irish-knit jumper and the world's biggest raggy doll were among the spectacular sights and sounds at the annual St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin.

Around half a million revellers formed a sea of green, white and orange as they lined the streets of Ireland's capital city for the world-famous event.

North of the border, Belfast staged its own carnival and parade through the city centre, with street performers and an open-air music concert.

But the emerald isle was not the only place where the Guinness was flowing and the craic was mighty. With an Irish diaspora of 70 million worldwide, major cities around the globe also paid tribute to the nation's patron saint.

Marching bands and pageants kept thousands on their toes in central Dublin as they marked the year of The Gathering - Ireland's 12 months of homecoming celebrations.

Floats, performance artists, dancers and acrobats portrayed what it means to be Irish.

A giant door and roaring fireplace symbolised the return of family abroad, while the inflatable woolly jumper was wheeled down the city's main thoroughfare of O'Connell Street to offer up hugs to all. A seven metre raggy doll and oversized toys like robots and teddy bears delighted thousands of excited children, with leprechaun hats and painted faces.

Renditions of traditional songs like Danny Boy rang out as brass, pipe and drum bands proceeded through the centre of the city.

Twelve bands travelled from the US to take part in the Dublin parade, including the Fire Department of the City of New York, which flew in early on Sunday morning. They joined 40 members from the French Navy who paraded through the streets, along with the nation's own Garda Band and the National Ambulance Service of Ireland's pipe and drum band.

Other St Patrick's Day parades were held across the island - including in Cork and Limerick, and Downpatrick and Londonderry in the north. Dublin Airport said it expected around 225,000 passengers to pass through its gates over the holiday weekend - an increase of 6% from the same time last year.

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