Sunday, March 18, 2012

Photo of the Day: St. Patrick's Day Festivities

More than 100 parades are being held across Ireland to mark St Patrick's Day, with dozens more taking place in cities around the world. Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and has gradually become a celebration of Irish culture in general.

Enjoy these beautiful pictures.

 Chicago River turned green for St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2012

The Sky Tower in Auckland is illuminated in green, joining the Opera House in Sydney and Table Mountain in Cape Town in going green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

 The Irish Dancing Music Association takes part in the parade in New York City.
A marching band passes St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

 Paradegoers watch the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Dublin on March 17, 2012.
 The Irish Dancing Music Association takes part in the parade, New York City.

 A performer takes part in the festivities in Dublin.

 Paradegoers watch the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Dublin.

 A colorful dance is performed during the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Dublin.

 Paradegoers, almost all decked out in something green, shout as they watch the festivities in Dublin.

 A child smiles as he watches a parade in Dubin.

  Musicians perform as they take part in a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Arbat Street in downtown Moscow, Russia.

 All smiles despite a bit of rain, paradegoers make their way through the streets of Armagh, Northern Ireland.

 President Barack Obama visits a bar in celebration of St. Patrick's day at the Dubliner Restaurant and Pub in Washington, DC.

Children watch the parade in New York City.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, presents a basket of shamrock sprigs to the Irish Guards army regiment during a St. Patrick's Day ceremony at their barracks in Aldershot, England.

 Krys Freebes watches the 251st St Patrick's Day Parade on 5th Avenue in New York City.

A paradegoer watches a float during the festivities in Dublin.

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