St. Patrick's day celebrations kick off

00:06, Mar 17 2014
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A woman with a shamrock-shaped pattern on her cheek takes part in the Irish St Patrick's Day parade in Bucharest.
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The Brussels Grand Place is lit in green on the occasion of St. Patrick's Day.
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Reveller poses during St. Patrick's Day celebrations at Sheraton Hotel in Surabaya, Indonesia.
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Drag Queen Peachy Queen poses from the back of a bus, and prepares to march in the St Patrick's day parade on behalf of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people for the first time in Sydney, Australia.
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Young girls pose from inside a car prior to marching in the parade in Sydney, Australia.
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Members of Penrith Gaels Football Club celebrate St Patrick's Day inside the Three Wise Monkeys Hotel in Sydney, Australia.
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People dressed in Irish themed costumes watch the annual St Patrick's Day Festival pass from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square through Haymarket in London, England.
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An Irish Wolfhound and its owner participate in the annual St Patrick's Day Festival as it passes from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square through Haymarket.
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A child dressed in an Irish themed costume watches the annual St Patrick's Day Festival pass from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square through Haymarket.
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Dancers dressed in Irish themed costumes participate in the annual St. Patrick's Day Festival in London.

The Chicago River shone a bright emerald green and revellers lined streets across the world as St. Patrick's Day celebrations kicked off.

Wearing silly green hats and waving shamrocks, parade goers showed up to honour the patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick's Day, which marks the death of St. Patrick on March 17, 461, is both a cultural and religious observance. It celebrates Irish heritage and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

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Emma-Louise O'Regan (left) and Deidre Collins, both from Cork enjoy the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Performers entertain the crowds during the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Performers entertain the crowds during the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Performers entertain the crowds during the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Performers entertain the crowds during the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Performers entertain the crowds during the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Crowds enjoy the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Performers entertain the crowds during the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Performers entertain the crowds during the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Oisin Montague (4) from Manukau enjoys the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.
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Performers entertain the crowds during the St Patrick’s Parade on Auckland's Queen Street on Sunday afternoon.

It's also a day for people of Irish heritage to gather with their families.

- AP with MCT

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