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St. Patrick’s Day in Pictures: How the World Celebrates

Take a look at how people all over the world celebrate the patron saint of Ireland on March 17. Is there something special in your town?

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ChicagoBrian Kersey/Getty Images
It's not hard to miss the Chicago River on March 17th each year; the plumbers' union dyes it green for their St. Patrick's day tradition, which started in 1962.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.Joshua Roberts/Getty Images
How does the President of the United States celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Green water flows in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House.


MunichJohannes Simon/Getty Images
The St. Patrick's Day parade in Munich, Germany is considered one of the largest outside of Ireland. Here, an Irish tradition's group plays bagpipes throughout the parade.

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New York City

New York CityMario Tama/Getty Images
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City has honored the patron saint of Ireland for over 250 years, since 1762. In this picture girls from the Parents and Students of Irish Dancing and Music Association prepare to perform in the parade.


SingaporeChris McGrath/Getty Images
Members of the Irish community in Singapore come together to celebrate in a three-day-long street festival. These St. Patrick's day events include performances, parades, and Irish food and drink.


SydneyLisa Maree Williams/Getty Images
St. Patrick makes an appearance at the Sydney celebrations, which feature more than 70 floats to represent all 32 counties of Ireland.

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LondonPeter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Thousands of people gather in London for festivities and a concert in Trafalgar Square, where fountain waters have been dyed green. Members of The Montserrat Emerald United Club are pictured here getting ready to participate in a parade.

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