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St Patrick's Day 2019: What's happening across Northern Ireland

Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre.
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Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
A sea of colour as the St. Patrick’s Day parade makes its way down Shipquay Street in Derry. (Photo: Jim McCafferty Photography)
Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © St Patrick's Day Parade, Armagh City. Rhodri Lewis as St Patrick
Have a jolly green St Patrick’s Day around the rolling hills and cobbled streets of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on Saturday 17 March.

From the usual riot of green, funny hats and fireworks to musical, theatrical and cultural events, there's a way for everyone across Northern Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day.

Here 's your complete guide to all the fun happening on March 17.

Belfast

Belfast will mark St Patrick’s Day with a vibrant carnival parade. The carnival leaves from Belfast City Hall at 12.30pm and will travel along Chichester Street and Victoria Street, into High Street and Donegall Street, before finishing at Writers Square.

After the parade, there will be a free open-air concert taking place from 1.30pm – 4pm in Custom House Square.

Headlining this year’s concert will be Europe’s popular party act; The Vengaboys, as well as performances from Co Down singing sensation Catherine McGrath and Co Monaghan singer songwriter Ryan Sheridan.

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Crowds gather for the St Patrick's day Parade in Belfast City Centre. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Sample culinary delights on offer at St Patrick’s at St George's Market while enjoying live traditional music, toe-tapping Irish dancing and workshops from 10am-4pm.

Londonderry

Mystical creatures will snake their way through the Walled City’s streets when the Tir na nOg (Land of Youth) Spring Carnival Parade departs from Bishop Street at 2pm.

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A sea of colour as the St. Patrick’s Day parade makes its way down Shipquay Street in Derry. (Photo: Jim McCafferty Photography)

A host of characters will be representing young people from fables and fairy tales from faraway lands. Today’s youth and culture will have pride of place, so expect to be delighted by dance moves from everything from ballet to hip hop.

Armagh

Can you think of a better way to ring in the day itself than under a beautiful Armagh sunrise? Us neither.

The 'Sunrise with Patrick' event welcomes attendees to experience the early bursts of sunlight on St Patrick's Day morning while casting an eye back to what life and faith may have been like before St. Patrick’s arrival and introduction of Christianity to Ireland.

The event will be enhanced with song, story and a light breakfast for all attendees.

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For more information on free and ticketed events visit www.visitarmagh.com

Armagh has always known how to celebrate the world-famous patron saint and the unique links, heritage and history St. Patrick has with the region (it’s widely believed his quest to bring Christianity to Ireland began in Armagh).

To celebrate, the Home of St Patrick Festival runs until March 18, with a jam-packed programme of more than 30 events from lively concerts to engaging tours to thoughtful workshops.

Omagh

Omagh town centre will come alive with colour, music and dance as Fermanagh and Omagh District Council hosts the annual St Patrick’s Day parade.

The theme this year ‘The Land of Saints and Scholars’ and a range of free family entertainment will take place from 1pm- 5pm.

At the Ulster American Folk Park, meet an array of costumed characters with traditional crafts to show and taste some good old-fashioned fayre. Enjoy the finest of local traditional music on the quayside, by the emigrant sailing ship the Brig Union, and take your partner for a dance as we celebrate the big day!

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Enniskillen

The St Patrick's Day Parade and Fun Day returns to the county town of Enniskillen with a host of traditional and modern entertainment acts including Full Moon Fever.

The fun will start at 1.30pm on the Broadmeadow and a range of free activities including bouncy castles, balloon modellers, face painting and wandering mascots for all your selfie needs.

Lough Erne will host the Wakeboarding Leprechauns and St Patrick himself will make his spectacular arrival via Castle Island before doing a meet and greet in the area. This year has a theme of 'Go Green In '19', so come dressed the part and get your hands on some environmental freebies.

Cultra

Celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Ulster Folk Museum and be transported back for a traditional celebration from over 100 years ago as you stroll around the grounds.

There will be a range of activities for visitors to see and take part in, including traditional music and dance performances from musicians and Irish dancers throughout the day, so don't forget your own dancing shoes.

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Have a jolly green St Patrick’s Day around the rolling hills and cobbled streets of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on Saturday 17 March.

Food enthusiasts can experience traditional open-hearth baking and sample the very best of Irish cuisine with champ, potato bread and drop scones. Normal admission prices apply.

Broughshane

Join the annual trek up historic Slemish Mountain where Patrick famously tended his sheep. The one and a half kilometre route takes around one hour in good weather and offers spectacular views of Co Antrim.

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Wilderness: Slemish, where St Patrick is believed to have tended cattle

The trek kicks off at 9am until 3.30pm. The trek kicks off at 9am. A free shuttle bus service will run continually from 9am – 3.30pm from Michelin car park to the village of Broughshane and up to Slemish. The last coaches return from Slemish from 4pm.

Broughshane and District Community Association will provide the hub of the event, with free activities for all the whole family to enjoy, special offers from local traders and live music so why not make a day of it?

Newry

The annual St Patrick's Day Parade in Newry is not to be missed with thousands of participants walking in celebration of our patron Saint. The parade starts at 1pm from the Quays Shopping Centre and works it's way down Merchants Quay, Sugar Island and Hill Street.

Newry and Mourne Museum will also host lively traditional music with complimentary refreshments from 1pm – 3pm.

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