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St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast

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St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast have been announced with a major parade and free concert part of the line up.

The annual event will kick off this March 17 at 11.30am with a vibrant parade themed ‘Global Belfast’ leaving from Royal Avenue.

The sea of colour will travel along a new route through Castle Junction and along Donegall Place, before snaking its way around Belfast City Hall, and then returning along the same route to finish on Royal Avenue.

Meanwhile, former JLS member Aston Merrygold will be headlining a free concert at Custom House Square which will kick off from 1.30pm and will run until 4pm.

Joining the former Strictly Come Dancing contestant will be Irish dancing group Slide Step and Irish Festival Dancing School Tír Na n-Óg, who recently won the NI senior team title for a fifth year running.

Urban artists, Tanaka, winner of the PanArts Young Singer Songwriter Competition 2016 and JORD will inject a range of colourful influences ranging from R&B and AfroBeat to Pop and Folk to the concert.

There will also be festival favourites Pure Blarney’s unique brand of electro-acoustic folk rock and local trad band the Rare Aul Stuff are set to perform.

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Q Radio and former X Factor star Eoghan Quigg will be hosting the event.

Also included in the celebrations will be Global Belfast and St Patrick’s Day themed arts and crafts, a range of walkabout, street theatre acts and face painters to keep even the youngest revellers entertained.

Hot food, soft drinks, sweet treats and more will be on sale from a range of traders.

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St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast. 2017

St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast. 2017

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Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 17/3/2017 Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre on Friday. Thousands line the streets to watch the Parade from Belfast City Hall to Custom House Square. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland
Friday 17th March 2017
Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye ©
St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast
St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday.
Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

Press Eye © Belfast - Northern Ireland Friday 17th March 2017 Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye © St Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast St PatrickÕs Day celebrations are set to take place across Northern Ireland on Friday. Colourful festivities will be held in a number of towns and cities - with thousands of people expected to attend.

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast. 2017

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast. 2017

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast. 2017

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast. 2017

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast. 2017

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Belfast. 2017

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St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast. 2017

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, said: “I really can’t wait for this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Belfast, because I know that thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities will be joining in the fun.

“The theme for my year in office is ‘Global Belfast’ and the wonderful Beat Carnival have worked so hard with their many community partners to create an incredible parade which illustrates that theme, as well as the diversity of the city we love, and our people."

For more information, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/stpatricks.

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Flashback to 2017..... Dancers from St. Cecilia's College leap in the air as they make their way past the Guildhall during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Flashback to 2017..... Dancers from St. Cecilia's College leap in the air as they make their way past the Guildhall during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Dance Fusion from Strabane pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Dance Fusion from Strabane pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Dancers make their way past the Guildhall during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Dancers make their way past the Guildhall during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

A Chinese dragon pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

A Chinese dragon pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

A Chinese dragon pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

A Chinese dragon pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Dancers make their way past the Guildhall during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Dancers make their way past the Guildhall during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

One of teh more elaborate floats pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

One of teh more elaborate floats pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Children from Greater Shantallow Community Arts brighten up the day during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Children from Greater Shantallow Community Arts brighten up the day during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Members of teh Rainbow School of Dance pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Members of teh Rainbow School of Dance pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Sophie Plews from The Rainbow School of Dance pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Sophie Plews from The Rainbow School of Dance pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Children from Greater Shantallow Community Arts brighten up the day during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Children from Greater Shantallow Community Arts brighten up the day during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

The warriors  from St. Mary's Youth Club pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

The warriors from St. Mary's Youth Club pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Queen Meabh arrives on her stag during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Queen Meabh arrives on her stag during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

The ancient Orish Queens pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

The ancient Orish Queens pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Lucie Birney and Holy Porter pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Lucie Birney and Holy Porter pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Three Irish Wolfhounds lead Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Three Irish Wolfhounds lead Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Cein Ball and Leah Edgar from St. Mary's Youth Club pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Cein Ball and Leah Edgar from St. Mary's Youth Club pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Dance Fusion from Strabane pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

Dance Fusion from Strabane pictured during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

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Flashback to 2017..... Dancers from St. Cecilia's College leap in the air as they make their way past the Guildhall during Derry City and Strabane District Council’s the annual Spring Carnival on St. Patrick’s Day in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 17.03.17

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