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St Patrick's Day parades 2016 - Downpatrick, Derry and Armagh

Published 17/03/2016

17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. People pictured attending the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Kevin McCarry pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. People pictured attending the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. More than 20,000 people flocked to the city of Armagh to line the streets for the annual St Patrick's Day carnival procession, it was confirmed today
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Archbishop's of Armagh Richard Clarke and Eamon Martin ahead of the parade.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Sean and Cathy McKeown with Irish Wolf Hounds Kaiser and Blauw in Armagh.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Leah McConville from Craigavon enjoys the St Patrick's Festival in Armagh.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. The Mad Hatters enjoy the St Patrick's Festival in Armagh.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. More than 20,000 people flocked to the city of Armagh to line the streets for the annual St Patrick's Day carnival procession, it was confirmed today
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. More than 20,000 people flocked to the city of Armagh to line the streets for the annual St Patrick's Day carnival procession, it was confirmed today
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
St Patrick's Day parades and celebrations are taking place across Northern Ireland on Thursday. Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Chloe Bance pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. St Patrick pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. St Patrick pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. St Patrick pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. St Patrick pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. St Patrick pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. St Patrick pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. People pictured attending the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. olourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. St Patrick pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. People pictured attending the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Downpatrick, which promotes itself as the home of the patron saint of Ireland, hosted one of the flagship events. Colourful participants pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
17 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Armagh showcases culture, art, music, song and dance as part of 10-day festival
Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. More than 20,000 people flocked to the city of Armagh to line the streets for the annual St Patrick's Day carnival procession, it was confirmed today
Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. More than 20,000 people flocked to the city of Armagh to line the streets for the annual St Patrick's Day carnival procession, it was confirmed today
Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. More than 20,000 people flocked to the city of Armagh to line the streets for the annual St Patrick's Day carnival procession, it was confirmed today
Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. More than 20,000 people flocked to the city of Armagh to line the streets for the annual St Patrick's Day carnival procession, it was confirmed today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
17/03/16 Pacemaker The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
17/03/16 Pacemaker The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
17/03/16 Pacemaker The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
17/03/16 Pacemaker The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
17/03/16 Pacemaker The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patricks day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/03/2016 The Saint Patrick's day parade in Armagh was enjoyed by all who watched and took part. Picture Matt Bohill/Pacemaker Press
Giant Lollypops bring a sweet delight as they who took part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
One of the dancers entertains the crowd as the streets were awash with colour during the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
One of the dancers who brought their vibrant colours to the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Dancers go through their routine in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
One of the characters gets close to the spectators as she who took part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Dancers go through their routine in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Giants figures tower over the carnival who took part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day parade which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Giants figures tower over the carnival who took part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day parade which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
One of the dancers from the Rainbow School who brought their vibrant colours to the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
One of the dancers who brought their vibrant colours to the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
One of the dancers from the Rainbow School who brought their vibrant colours to the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
One of the dancers who brought their vibrant colours to the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
One of the spectators who novelty glasses proved the right thing to wear in the spring sunshine during the annual St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Seven years old Sophie Plews who floated like a butterfly with the Rainbow School of dancing during the St. Patrick's Day Carnival in Derry-Londonderry. PIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Katie Furey from teh Showtime Stage School who took part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Darla Pablo who took part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Butterfly Sorcha Shanahan who took part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
The Borrowers, Lauya Kelly and Brendan McDaid from teh North West Regional College who took part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Six years old Kaylee Coogan who carried her own message on dental health in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Dancers go through their routine in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Some of teh thousands of spectators who lined the route during the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Phil Ruddock and his Lego style castle who took part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival which attracted thousands of spectators along the route. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Leah Quinn from Glasgowbury who are taking part in the St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Emma Price, Katie McGlade and Cara Donnelly, from Glasgowbury who are taking part in the St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Stephen Carlin and Brooklyn Fitzpatrick who are taking part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Four years old Isla Gorman who is one of the younger dancers taking part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Grace Wallace and Kyra Francis prepare to take their giant lollipops round the parade route in Derry on St. Patrick's Day. PiIcture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Nine years old Elsa Morgan who is taking part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Geraldine Heaney adds the finishing touches to Melissa Harkin before taking part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
Isla Concannon, Jennifer McLaughlin and Cara McLaughlin from the Leslie Zumba Group who are taking part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
The children from Streetfeet who are taking part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
One of the children from Streetfeet who are taking part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
The children from the Brona Jackson Dance Group who are taking part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16
The children from the Brona Jackson Dance Group who are taking part in the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patricks Day Spring Carnival. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.16

People across Northern Ireland have been donning green to celebrate St Patrick's day today as events take place in towns and cities in all corners of the province.

In Co Londonderry, the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival began at 2pm running from Queen's Quay.

Licence please sir #StPatricksDayDerry

Posted by PSNI Foyle on Thursday, March 17, 2016

The parade is part of a whole weekend of festivities with the theme The Land Of The Little People.

Other highlights include Ubuntu Festival of World Traditions, LegenDerry Food Festival, Little Folk Fest, Pixies Paradise and much, much more to keep everyone entertained during the holiday weekend.

In Downpatrick, the "home of the patron saint", there was a spectacular cavalcade of floats, bands and fancy dress for their traditional parade.

The parade ran along Ardglass Road, Edward Street, John Street, Irish Street and Market Street.

In Armagh there was also a spectacular display of colour, music, dance and entertainment.

The theme for this year’s procession was Feasts and Wild Beasts and was part of a festival running until March 20.

In Co Antrim, the annual Ballycastle and District Horse Ploughing Championship took place on Thursday. A traditional event for more than 100 years, it was fun for all the family with many skilled ploughmen taking part and a great bank holiday atmosphere.

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