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In Pictures: Belfast St Patrick's Day parade

Belfast city centre was transformed into a sea of colour and music today for the St Patrick's Day celebrations.

Hundreds lined the route from the City Hall to Custom House Square where teenage singing sensation Eoghan Quigg delighted the crowds.

Oompa Loompas from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, some carrying oversize lollipops, accompanied the drum-banging band as the party got into full swing.

Stilt walkers and a mobile human windmill with aerial acrobats on either end accompanied the procession on its short journey to Custom House Square.

Exploring the theme of 'Legends, Myths and Stories', and featuring hundreds of participants from all corners of Belfast, it left the City Hall at 12 noon.

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Video: Carnival atmosphere in Belfast

Video: Highlights from the parade

Video: Eoghan Quigg in town

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Some 5,000 tickets for the centrepiece concert were snapped up in just a few days.

The main concert, compered by Pete Snodden of Cool FM, started at 1pm. The first half of the bill featured Celtic fusionists Breag, Belfast-based traditional Irish five-piece At First Light and pioneering percussionists Torann.

The headline pop act, Dungiven teenage singing sensation Eoghan Quigg, was a star of the last series of The X Factor.

This is the fourth year Belfast City Council has organised a carnival procession and free concert.

This evening the Ulster Orchestra will be giving their now traditional concert at the Belfast Waterfront, while the newly reopened Ulster Hall will be hosting 'Sham-Rock', a tribute to music greats Rory Gallagher and Thin Lizzy.

Belfast City Council also has funded a wide variety of community groups across the city, to help people celebrate St Patrick's Day in their own neighbourhoods. Almost 100 organisations received a share of £30,000 in grant aid from the council's Good Relations Fund.

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