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St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
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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 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. 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.
©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.
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 making it's way to Custom House Square for an open air concert. A pipe band leads the parade 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. A young piper in the PSNI Pipe band makes his way through the city centre with the parade.
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Armagh
Dancers during the St Patrick's day parade in Belfast City centre 2011
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 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
Lucky Charms' Lucky The Leprechaun visits the New York Stock Exchange on March 17, 2011 in New York City
St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast City Centre 2011 - Anna Gonzlez, Angela Mora, Rocio Cruz from Spain.
St Patrick's Day 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
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
The annual St Patrick's Day parade takes place in Dublin. 2011
The annual St Patrick's Day parade takes place in Dublin. 2011
The annual St Patrick's Day parade takes place in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2011. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
The annual St Patrick's Day parade takes place in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2011. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
The annual St Patrick's Day parade takes place in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2011. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
The annual St Patrick's Day parade takes place in Dublin. 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. 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
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 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 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 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.
©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.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast. 2011.
The annual St Patrick's Day parade takes place in Dublin. 2011
People line the streets of Dublin for the annual St Patrick's Day parade. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 17, 2011. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
People line the streets of Dublin for the annual St Patrick's Day parade.
People line the streets of Dublin for the annual St Patrick's Day parade. 2011
People line the streets of Dublin for the annual St Patrick's Day parade. 2011
People line the streets of Dublin for the annual St Patrick's Day parade. 2011
People line the streets of Dublin for the annual St Patrick's Day parade. 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
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St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
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St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
St Patrick's Day 2010: Derry
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St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
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St Patrick's Day 2010: Belfast
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St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
St Patrick's Day 2010: Downpatrick
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X FACTOR wannabe Sophie Habibis will lead the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Belfast, it has been confirmed.

The singer — who was controversially axed in round four of last year’s show — is to headline a concert at Custom House Square on March 17.

Also included in the line-up are The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Ashelin and Shake, traditional music group Pure Blarney and dancers from the Royal Tara School of Irish Dancing and Bright Lights Ulster-Scots dance school.

A St Patrick’s parade, organised by The Beat Carnival, will snake its way from Belfast City Hall at noon to Custom House Square ahead of the free concert.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Niall O Donnghaile said that he hoped it would be a fun-filled family day out.

“The theme of this year’s event is ‘2012 — one amazing year’. Belfast is in for a massive year of celebrations and important milestones and this will be the city’s first big party of 2012,” he said.

Habibis said that she was delighted to be part of the city’s celebrations.

“It’ll be my first visit to Belfast ... I’ve heard that there’s a real buzz about the city so I can’t wait to experience that,” she added.

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