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St Patrick's Day parades 2016 - Downpatrick, Derry and Armagh

People across Northern Ireland have been donning green to celebrate St Patrick's day today as events take place in towns and cities in all corners of the province.

In Co Londonderry, the annual Derry City and Strabane District Council St. Patrick's Day Spring Carnival began at 2pm running from Queen's Quay.

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The parade is part of a whole weekend of festivities with the theme The Land Of The Little People.

Other highlights include Ubuntu Festival of World Traditions, LegenDerry Food Festival, Little Folk Fest, Pixies Paradise and much, much more to keep everyone entertained during the holiday weekend.

In Downpatrick, the "home of the patron saint", there was a spectacular cavalcade of floats, bands and fancy dress for their traditional parade.

The parade ran along Ardglass Road, Edward Street, John Street, Irish Street and Market Street.

In Armagh there was also a spectacular display of colour, music, dance and entertainment.

The theme for this year’s procession was Feasts and Wild Beasts and was part of a festival running until March 20.

In Co Antrim, the annual Ballycastle and District Horse Ploughing Championship took place on Thursday. A traditional event for more than 100 years, it was fun for all the family with many skilled ploughmen taking part and a great bank holiday atmosphere.

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