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Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations in 2015.  Thousands of people descend on Belfast City centre.  Picture Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations in 2015. Thousands of people descend on Belfast City centre. Picture Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Belfast St Patrick's day celebration 2015

Belfast St Patrick's day celebration 2015

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Pictured from the McCullough school of Irish dance are Ellan Cross and Cora Rose Corry with Naomi McMullan.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Pictured from the McCullough school of Irish dance are Ellan Cross and Cora Rose Corry with Naomi McMullan. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

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Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is Jinxing Lin, Axel Beauvisage during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

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Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is Jinxing Lin, Axel Beauvisage during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast

Pictured is Ellie and Erin Kane during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Tuesday 17th March 2015 - St Patricks' Day Celebrations 2015 - Belfast Pictured is Ellie and Erin Kane during St Patricks' day celebrations in Belfast that take place in front of a crowed of thousands who have lined the streets amid the celebrations Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Pictured from the McCullough school of Irish dance are Ellan Cross and Cora Rose Corry with Naomi McMullan.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Pictured from the McCullough school of Irish dance are Ellan Cross and Cora Rose Corry with Naomi McMullan. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations.  Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day.  The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival.  Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Pacemaker press 17/3/15 Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations. Thousands of people descended on belfast City centre to celebrate St Patricks day. The event organised by the Belfast City Council is a great family day out taking a modern yet traditional look the annual festival. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015.

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. March 17 2015.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Boyband 'HomeTown' play at Custom house Square Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Irish dancers on stage

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Irish dancers on stage Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Highland dancers on stage

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Highland dancers on stage Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Highland dancers on stage

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Highland dancers on stage Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Belfast Lord Mayor with  Citybeat?s Stephen Clements and Sara?Neil.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Belfast Lord Mayor with Citybeat?s Stephen Clements and Sara?Neil. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Councillor Tierna Cunningham

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Councillor Tierna Cunningham Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Baby Yuji Itoh

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Baby Yuji Itoh Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Mayumi Itoh at the parade 

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Mayumi Itoh at the parade Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Sandra and Trevor McKeeman 

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Sandra and Trevor McKeeman Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Picture Presseye

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Picture Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon meets some of the participants.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon meets some of the participants. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon meets some of the participants.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon meets some of the participants. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon meets some of the participants.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city?s annual spectacular St Patrick?s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon meets some of the participants. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - 

St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. 

Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival.

Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2015 - St Patrick's Day Carnival parade and Concert in Belfast city centre. Thousands of people descended on Belfast city centre today (17 March) to enjoy the city??s annual spectacular St Patrick??s Day parade and concert. Organised by Belfast City Council, the family-friendly celebrations were officially started by Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon who led the high-energy carnival parade, created by BEAT Carnival. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

People in Rome taking selfies in front of the ‘greened’ Colosseum.

People in Rome taking selfies in front of the ‘greened’ Colosseum.

Niagara Falls joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Niagara Falls joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Mussenden Temple and Venus, pictured by Glenn Miles

Mussenden Temple and Venus, pictured by Glenn Miles

Coca-Cola London Eye on London's South Bank is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.

Coca-Cola London Eye on London's South Bank is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17:  Patron celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Harbour View Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patron celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Harbour View Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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The Great Wall of China went green for St Patrick's Day 2015

The Great Wall of China went green for St Patrick's Day 2015

The Cibeles Fountain and Palacio de Comunicaciones in Madrid, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The Cibeles Fountain and Palacio de Comunicaciones in Madrid, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Christ the Redeemer illuminated in green to celebrate the upcoming Irish festivity of Saint Patrick's Day, atop Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 15, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

Christ the Redeemer illuminated in green to celebrate the upcoming Irish festivity of Saint Patrick's Day, atop Corcovado hill in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17:  Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17:  Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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The Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London is lit green by Tourism Ireland in celebration ahead of St Patrick's Day, on Tuesday 17th.

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London is lit green by Tourism Ireland in celebration ahead of St Patrick's Day, on Tuesday 17th.

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Kayakers float on the Chicago River after being dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Kayakers float on the Chicago River after being dyed green ahead of the St. Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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The Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada), joins Tourism Irelands Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada), joins Tourism Irelands Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, illuminated in green as part of Tourism Irelands Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

Ciara Kelly photographs Gareth Maguire on a mobile phone by the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south east London, which is decorated green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.

Ciara Kelly photographs Gareth Maguire on a mobile phone by the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south east London, which is decorated green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.

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The Colosseum in Rome joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The Colosseum in Rome joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening, to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

The Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south east London, is decorated green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.

The Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south east London, is decorated green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Tuesday 17th March.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17:  Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at P.J. O'Brien's Irish pub on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at P.J. O'Brien's Irish pub on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17:  Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at P.J. O'Brien's Irish pub on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at P.J. O'Brien's Irish pub on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17:  Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Patrons celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Orient Hotel on March 17, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. March 17th commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating Irish heritage and culture. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

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Edinburgh Castle in Scotland illuminated green as it is among more than 100 international landmarks turning green to mark St Patrick's Day.

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland illuminated green as it is among more than 100 international landmarks turning green to mark St Patrick's Day.

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Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena and Armadillo in Scotland illuminated green as they are among mo

Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena and Armadillo in Scotland illuminated green as they are among mo

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Edinburgh Airport control tower in Scotland illuminated green as it is among more than 100 international landmarks turning green to mark St Patrick's Day.

Edinburgh Airport control tower in Scotland illuminated green as it is among more than 100 international landmarks turning green to mark St Patrick's Day.

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Retired professional boxer Barry McGuigan at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

Retired professional boxer Barry McGuigan at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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Bolivian traditional dancers take part in the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

Bolivian traditional dancers take part in the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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A group of girls at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 15, 2015. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A group of girls at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 15, 2015. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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People celebrate at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

People celebrate at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

People celebrate at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A girl holds an Irish flag at the front of a band at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A girl holds an Irish flag at the front of a band at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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People gather at Trafalgar Square at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

People gather at Trafalgar Square at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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A mobile figure of St. Patrick at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A mobile figure of St. Patrick at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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A bystander takes a photo of a elephant float at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A bystander takes a photo of a elephant float at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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People at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

People at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

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A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A woman waves an Irish flag at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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A participant at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A participant at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

People dressed up at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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A woman enjoys the day at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A woman enjoys the day at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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A woman enjoys the day at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

A woman enjoys the day at the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in London. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire.

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Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London is lit green by Tourism Ireland in celebration ahead of St Patrick's Day. Matt Alexander/PA Wire .

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London is lit green by Tourism Ireland in celebration ahead of St Patrick's Day. Matt Alexander/PA Wire .

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Belfast St Patrick's day celebrations in 2015. Thousands of people descend on Belfast City centre. Picture Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press

Hundreds of thousands of people have flooded towns and cities around Ireland as St Patrick's Day parades and festivals took place at home and abroad.

With the centre of attention and celebrations in Dublin, some of the strange and spectacular sights marching across the city included Paddy the Dracula who celebrated 45 years in the parade, giant opera singing dolls from France, hipster leprechauns and love hearts.

Over several hours about 3,000 performers snaked their way along the 2.7km route from O'Connell Street to St Patrick's Cathedral led by Grand Marshal Brendan O'Carroll.

The creator of the irreverent hit show Mrs Brown's Boys spoke of the pride his own mother would take in him leading the thousands marching across the city.

"She'd be absolutely blown away. This would be beyond her wildest dreams - I think she thought I was going to end up in prison," the star said.

O'Carroll, joined by his wife Jennifer to lead the parade, also revealed he has written a script amid the possibility of a sequel to the film Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie.

The comedian, writer and actor put off his latest tour in order to take up the role of Grand Marshal after being invited but missing out last year due to work commitments.

"It's been an amazing honour. It's been incredible, mind-blowing," he said.

"As a child I stood not far from the O'Connell monument in my plastic sandals, with no socks, the back out of my trousers, about seven-years-old and not knowing, not even dreaming that I'd be Grand Marshal. It's a dream come true."

The Dublin parade, which has grown into one of the largest of the world, enjoyed the second year of a three-year programme where this year's theme was Celebrate Now.

The initiative is about encouraging society to focus on the here and now rather than spending time reflecting on the past.

Dozens of elaborately decorated floats portrayed the theme and colour of a carnival while marching bands entertained one of the biggest crowds in the city for the March 17 festivities.

Musicians from Mexico took part for the first time with the San Patricio Battalion Pipe Band, formed to remember the Irish soldiers who fought with Mexicans in the war of independence against America in 1846, near the head of affairs.

President Michael D Higgins watched on from O'Connell Street with his wife Sabina who gave an excited reflection of what the parade means to her and the hundreds of thousands who lined the streets.

"I think it's just like a great happy reunion where we are all conscious of our Irishness," Mrs Higgins said.

"We open our hearts to everyone together - this is what we call inclusive and you just wish that all is well for Irish people everywhere."

The parade from Dublin was streamed online to a worldwide audience and an Irish diaspora of about 70 million.

As is becoming tradition landmarks and buildings around the world, including the Colosseum in Rome, Niagara Falls and the Sacre Coeur overlooking Paris, go green to mark the national day.

Some of the 150 sites, most instantly recognisable, charged for what has fast become a marketing coup for tourism chiefs with 65,000 euro spent on the initiative this year.

And the phenomenal exposure went deeper online with an Irish artist Eamon O'Neil selected to create a Google Doodle to mark March 17.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny sent a St Patrick's Day message while on his trip to Washington DC where he vowed that next year the hundreds of thousands of emigrants who left in the recent years of economic crisis would begin to return.

"I believe that after seven years of emigration, 2016 will be the year when the number of our people coming home will be greater than the numbers who leave," he said.

"Let me encourage fam and friends who see new job op to share them with those abroad

"The days of boom and bust are behind us together we are building a new and stronger Ireland

Mr Kenny added: "So, on this St Patrick's Day we celebrate the Irish family, 70 million strong, and our real wealth as a people, our bonds of love and kindness that reach across the generations and across the globe."

The earliest parade was held in Dingle, Co Kerry at 6am where 1,000 people recreated a tradition dating back in history to when marching bands were banned in daylight hours.

The shortest parade traditionally takes place in West Boylston, Massachusetts, where 200 people walk through a car park between two pubs in the town, Finders and Keepers.

There were also celebrations in the Caribbean island of Montserrat which shares the national holiday with Ireland.

One of the biggest parades in Northern Ireland was held in Downpatrick, Co Down, where an estimated 30,000 people crowded the streets and it was this year attended by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

He became the first head of the Anglican church to visit the saint's burial place on St Patrick's Day for 50 years.

There were parades in Belfast, as well as in towns across Northern Ireland.

Susan Kirby, St Patrick's Festival chief executive, said the festival had taken over the country.

"I can see everybody is out wearing their green, having a great time. There's huge crowds today, it's a great day to be Irish," she said.

Organisers of the Dublin festival and parade put the number of spectators on the streets at 487,000.

Ms Kirby added: "Every year we continue to be impressed by the vision of artists seen through their parade creations and performances, and this year is no different.

"The festival parade is a true testament to the artistic talent we have here in Ireland, talent that is showcased on a global stage today as the parade is viewed by millions the world over. Many thanks to all of those who came along to enjoy the day, we were thrilled to see such a huge turnout."