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Saturday 20 December 2014

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St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Pic John Murphy Aurora PA
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Pic John Murphy Aurora PA
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Pic John Murphy Aurora PA
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Pic John Murphy Aurora PA
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Pic John Murphy Aurora PA
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Pic John Murphy Aurora PA
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert.
Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square.
Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square.
Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Holly Burns and Katie McCourt pictured during the parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Paul and two year old Moyne pictured during the concert. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward was among the performers at the Custom House Square concert. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/03/2014 Thousands of people were in Belfast on Sunday for the city's St Patrick's Day parade and concert. A carnival parade left the front of the city hall at noon and made its way to Custom House Square. The theme of the parade was St Patrick - to the future, with the saint depicted as a time-travelling adventurer. The parade included floats, performers and music. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Bruiser Theatre Company
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Junior Beat - Tilly McKee and Arthur McKeever
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Mirtn î Muilleoir joins in the fun
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Eva Cusack - 6
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast. Bill the Beagle
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 16th March 2014 Mandatory Credit - Darren Kidd /Presseye.com St Patrick's celebrations in Belfast.
FLASHBACK TO 2013: St Patrick himself leads the annual parade from Belfast City Hall. Pic Charles McQuillan
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. 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

The Irish-American mayor of Boston boycotted the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday after organisers would not allow a group of LGBT campaigners to join the march.

Mayor Marty Walsh tried and failed to negotiate a deal with the conservative Allied War Veteran’s Council to allow members of MassEquality, one of the state of Massachusetts’s largest gay activist groups, to join the parade.

The Council argued that to do so would conflict with their Roman Catholic heritage.

“So much of our Irish history has been shaped by the fight against oppression,” Walsh, the city's first Irish-American mayor in 20 years, said in a statement.

“As mayor of the city of Boston, I have to do my best to ensure that all Bostonians are free to participate fully in the civic life of our city.

"Unfortunately, this year, the parties were not able to come to an understanding that would have made that possible," he added.

Other prominent fellow Democratic Boston politicians, including Representative Stephen Lynch, did march in the parade, which drew tens of thousands of spectators.

Organisers of St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York, which like Boston is broadly liberal, have also been criticised in recent years for banning LGBT marchers.

New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would also not march in his city’s parade on Monday because LGBT activists had been precluded from taking part.

Representatives for the New York board of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, which has run the parade for more than 150 years, could not be reached for comment on Sunday afternoon.

Beer brand Guinness withdrew its sponsorship of the New York parade, while Boston Beer Co and Heineken did not back either parade over the issue. 

However, while MassEquality was not allowed to participate in the parade, South Boston resident Randy Foster and his husband Steve Martin were behind a diversity-themed float, but with no direct LGBT rights messages.

Foster said the rainbow flags that adorned the float represented the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in Irish lore, but he acknowledged the flag is also associated with the LGBT rights movement.

“If there's a dual message to it, we're OK with it and so are the parade organizers,” said Foster, 48. “We made the point of not making it a gay float.

"If we're going to have a message of inclusion, it shouldn't be for one group," he said.

Further reading

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Belfast St Patrick's parade turns city into sea of green

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Dissident republicans to join St Patrick's parade in New York: For PSNI it will be like stepping back to 1985 

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