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St Patrick's Day 2018 parades in Derry, Strabane, Belfast, Dublin, Downpatrick, Newry and Armagh

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Thousands of people line the Streets in Belfast City Centre for the Annual St Patrick's Parade on Saturday.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 17/3/2018 Thousands of people line the Streets in Belfast City Centre for the Annual St Patrick's Parade on Saturday. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
A spectator shows off her green, white and gold eyelashes as the annual Saint Patrick's day parade takes place on March 17, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 17: Star Wars actor Mark Hamill cheers as the annual Saint Patrick's day parade takes place on March 17, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. Hamill is the the first international guest of the parade. Dublin hosts the largest Saint Patrick's day parade in the world with a route spanning 2.5 km. The Irish annals for the fifth century date Patrick's arrival in Ireland in the year 432 with the patron saint of Ireland's remains believed to be buried at Down Cathedral in County Down. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Your ultimate guide to St Patrick's day celebrations from Belfast to Dublin and Newry to New York.

Thousands of people took part in festivities across Northern Ireland to celebrate St Patrick.

Check out our galleries from the St Patrick's Day pparades in - Derry StrabaneBelfast - Dublin - Downpatrick - Newry - Armagh

In Belfast events included a carnival parade and a free concert at Custom House Square. Headlining this year's concert was former JLS star Aston Merrygold.

Other parades took place in Londonderry, Newry, Armagh, Strabane and Downpatrick.

In Dublin Irish actor Liam Cunningham, famous for his role as Davos Seaworth in television series Game Of Thrones, led the 2,000-strong parade. Star Wars actor Mark Hamill was its first international guest of honour.

In New York Taoiseach Leo Varadkar walked alongside his partner in the city's St Patrick’s Day parade which up until recently had banned LGBT groups from marching.

Earlier Sinn Fein's former president Gerry Adams was honoured at a St Patrick's Day breakfast event hosted by the mayor of New York on Saturday.

Elsewhere around 300 iconic landmarks and sites in 50 different countries took part in this year's so-called Global greening.

People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out on St Patrick's Day at the Botanic Inn to watch Ireland play England in the 6 Nations Championship. Saturday 17th March 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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