Photos: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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People, bearing the colors of Ireland, s
People, bearing the colors of Ireland, smile during the St Patrick's Day parade through central London on March 13, 2011. The holiday on March 17 marks the anniversary of the death of Ireland's patron saint. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
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St Patrick's Day revelers walk along a s
St Patrick's Day revelers walk along a street after watching St Patrick's Day parade on Fifth Avenue in New York, March 17, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Chicago River Dyed Green For St. Patrick's Day Parade
Chicago River Dyed Green For St. Patrick's Day Parade
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 13: Thousands of spectators watch as the Chicago River is dyed green prior to the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 13, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The annual St. Patrick's Day celebration has included dying the Chicago River green since 1962. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)
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A costumed parade goer on 5th Avenue du
A costumed parade goer on 5th Avenue during the 250th New York City St Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
New York City Hosts Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
New York City Hosts Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Caitlin Ward (R) and Raegan Fekert from the Irish American Society wait to perform during the 250th annual St. Patrick's Day parade March 17, 2011 in New York City. The parade honors the patron saint of Ireland and marched for the first time in the U.S. on March 17, 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
250th Annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade
250th Annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Parade-goer Steve Connor attends the 250th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
An girl with her face painted with the I
An girl with her face painted with the I
An girl with her face painted with the Irish flag is pictured during St Patricks Day festivities in Dublin, Ireland, on March 17, 2011. More than 100 parades are being held across Ireland to mark St Patrick's Day, with up to 650,000 spectators expected to attend the parade in Dublin. AFP PHOTO/Peter Muhly (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
250th Annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade
250th Annual New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Parade-goers attend the 250th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Revellers march through the streets of D
Revellers march through the streets of D
Dublin, IRELAND: Revellers march through the streets of Dublin, in Ireland, 17 March 2006, during the annual St Patrick's Day Parade. Hundreds of thousands of people braved bitter winter winds Friday to watch the annual St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, the centerpiece of a truly global celebration of all things Irish. Wearing light costumes more suited to a tropical mardi gras, thousands of ethnic Irish as well as new eastern European immigrants and bandsmen from the United States, Germany and Switzerland marched in a carnival-like atmosphere. AFP PHOTO/FRAN CAFFREY (Photo credit should read FRAN CAFFREY/AFP/Getty Images)
Chicago Goes Green For St. Patricks Day Parade
Chicago Goes Green For St. Patricks Day Parade
CHICAGO - MARCH 17: Spectators watch as workers spread an orange powder to dye the Chicago River green before the start of St. Patricks Day Parade March 17, 2007 in in Chicago, Illinois.The river is dyed with a orange food coloring that is safe for the environment. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
St Patricks Day Parade in London
St Patricks Day Parade in London
LONDON - MARCH 12: A small dog attends a Saint Patrick's Day parade on March 12, 2005 in London. The parade consisted of more than 4,000 musicians, dancers and Irish community representatives. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Anthony Vasoli of Chicago stands over th
Anthony Vasoli of Chicago stands over th
Chicago, UNITED STATES: Anthony Vasoli of Chicago stands over the newly dyed Chicago 17 March, 2007 as part of the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Chicago, Illinois. For the past 43 years the Chicago River turns green for the St. Patrick?s Day Parade celebration. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Parade watchers cheer on marching bands
Parade watchers cheer on marching bands
Parade watchers cheer on marching bands as they make their way up 5th Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2008 in New York. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Parade goers look at the marching bands
Parade goers look at the marching bands
Parade goers look at the marching bands during the 248th St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York on March 17, 2009. The parade, which goes up 5th Avenue is the world's oldest and largest. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ciara and Niall Casey dressed in Irish c
Ciara and Niall Casey dressed in Irish c
Ciara and Niall Casey dressed in Irish colors cheer on marching bands as they make their way up 5th Avenue during the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17, 2008 in New York. AFP PHOTO/TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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An Irish setter clad in green kimono wai
An Irish setter clad in green kimono waits for the St.Patrick's Day parade to start at Omotesando fashion district in Tokyo on March 15, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Spectators watch the Sydney St Patrick's
Spectators watch the Sydney St Patrick's
Spectators watch the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Parade participants walk down the route
Parade participants walk down the route
Parade participants walk down the route during the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
A spectator (below) poses for a photogra
A spectator (below) poses for a photogra
A spectator (below) poses for a photograph with the City of Sydney Town Crier, Graham Keating (C), during the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Parade participants wait for the start o
Parade participants wait for the start o
Parade participants wait for the start of the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
A performer (C) interacts with spectator
A performer (C) interacts with spectator
A performer (C) interacts with spectators during the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
A young parade participant waits in a ca
A young parade participant waits in a ca
A young parade participant waits in a car prior to the start of the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
A parade participant prepares for the st
A parade participant prepares for the st
A parade participant prepares for the start of the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man dressed as St. Patrick (L) waves t
A man dressed as St. Patrick (L) waves t
A man dressed as St. Patrick (L) waves to spectators during the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
A person dressed as a pint of Guinness s
A person dressed as a pint of Guinness s
A person dressed as a pint of Guinness stout walks along the route during the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
A vehicle with balloons on top drives do
A vehicle with balloons on top drives do
A vehicle with balloons on top drives down the route during the Sydney St Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Flagbearers lead the Sydney St. Patrick'
Flagbearers lead the Sydney St. Patrick'
Flagbearers lead the Sydney St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 21, 2010, the second largest in the world outside Ireland after the New York celebrations and held on the third Sunday of March every year. This year marks the bicentenary of the Irish and those of Irish heritage celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Sydney, when in 1810 Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared the date and official day of celebration. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Chicago River Dyed Green For St. Patrick's Day Parade
Chicago River Dyed Green For St. Patrick's Day Parade
CHICAGO - MARCH 13: Spectators react as they brave rain and 40 degree temperatures to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade March 13, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The parade was part of a St. Patrick's Day celebration that included dying the Chicago River green. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)
A boy takes part in St. Patrick's day ce
A boy takes part in St. Patrick's day ce
A boy takes part in St. Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 17, 2009. Ireland celebrated St. Patrick's day with its world-famous exuberance Tuesday, providing brief but welcome relief from the economic gloom gripping the recession-hit country. In bright sunshine, hundreds of thousands of revellers turned out at parades across the country, while Irish pubs around the world joined in the celebrations to mark the Emerald Isle's national holiday. AFP PHOTO/PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog named 'Shamrock' is dressed in Iri
A dog named 'Shamrock' is dressed in Iri
A dog named 'Shamrock' is dressed in Irish festive costume during St. Patrick's day celebrations in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 17, 2009. Ireland celebrated St. Patrick's day with its world-famous exuberance Tuesday, providing brief but welcome relief from the economic gloom gripping the recession-hit country. In bright sunshine, hundreds of thousands of revellers turned out at parades across the country, while Irish pubs around the world joined in the celebrations to mark the Emerald Isle's national holiday. AFP PHOTO/PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
St.-Patrick's Day Celebrated In Munich
St.-Patrick's Day Celebrated In Munich
MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 16: Irish green dressed people celebrate during the St. Patrick's Parade on March 16, 2008 in Munich, Germany. With about 10.000 onlookers this year the Munich St.-Patrick's Parade is considered as one of the largest outside Ireland. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
St Patrick's Day Festival 2007
St Patrick's Day Festival 2007
LONDON - MARCH 18: An Irish flag is held aloft over the crowds gathered to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Trafalgar Squarer on March 18, 2007 in London. Thousands of people gathered in the capital to celebrate St Patricks day, with a parade from Hyde Park Corner finishing in Trafalgar Square, where celebrations were officially launched by Mayor of London Ken Livingstone. (Photo by Jeremy O'Donnell/Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend St Patricks day celebratio
London, UNITED KINGDOM: People attend St Patricks day celebrations 18th March 2007, in Trafalgar Square, Central London. Millions of revelers in the United States, Ireland and across the world celebrated St. Patrick's Day with parades, colorful festivities and traditional merrymaking. The patron saint, whose feast day has been in the Christian calendar since the ninth century, is credited with converting the country to Christianity and to have baptized thousands, ordained priests and set up churches and monasteries. AFP PHOTO / SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Molly Malone walks up Queen Street in the St Patri
Molly Malone walks up Queen Street in the St Patri
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 15: Molly Malone walks up Queen Street in the St Patrick's Day Parade that went from Customs Street to Aotea Square where a fleadh was held to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, Saturday. (Photo by Dean Purcell/Getty Images)
The O'Neill-James School of Dance perfor
The O'Neill-James School of Dance perfor
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: The O'Neill-James School of Dance perform to bagpipe music at the St. Patrick's Day celebrations at the Church of St. Patrick 17 March 2004 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Joyce NALTCHAYAN (Photo credit should read JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Two young women with shamrocks painted o
Two young women with shamrocks painted o
Two young women with shamrocks painted on their faces pose during St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Buenos Aires on March 17, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ Alejandro PAGNI (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images)
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