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Shamrocking! St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off across Britain

Shamrocking! St Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off across the British Isles with hundreds of thousands of people taking to streets in their best fancy dress

Hundreds of thousands of people have donned the green today for St Patrick’s Day celebrations across the British Isles. 

The Lord Mayor of Dublin kicked off the city’s parade in a horse-drawn coach before huge crowds and marching bands from Ireland, the USA and Germany followed in his wake. 

Leprechauns were seen in abundance alongside dancers in eclectic costumes and soldiers in uniform.  

In London, people waving Irish tricolours and shamrocks packed into Trafalgar Square for the culmination of a three-day festival overseen by Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt, 54. 

Now in its 17th year, the parade attracts more than 50,000 people for a colourful procession of Irish marching bands from the UK, US and Ireland, energetic dance troupes and spectacular pageantry. 

The parade in Birmingham saw tens of thousands of people marching despite the rainy conditions, while similar events took place in other cities including Liverpool, Belfast, Londonderry, Armagh, Enniskillen and Edinburgh. 

Hundreds of thousands of people were out in cities across the British Isles today to mark St Patrick’s Day. Pictured are crowds in Dublin

In London, people waving Irish tricolours and waving shamrocks packed into Trafalgar Square for the culmination of a three-day festival overseen by Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt, 54

A jubilant man taking part in a parade in Liverpool city centre celebrated in a brilliant green shamrock suit. The parade is in its fourth year in the city

This group of revellers, pictured with a female friend, celebrated in Dublin wearing brilliant green Power Ranger costumes 

Two little girls gave themselves a brilliant costume makeover as they got into the spirit of things in the Irish capital 

Never too much colour: This happy group of friends skipped down the street in Dublin as they joined in the celebrations

Dancers and drummers fill the streets of Liverpool to celebrate St Patrick’s day, with a major parade taking place in the city for the fourth year running

This girl aced the face paint with a smooth version of the Irish tricolour flag as she joined other revellers in central London

Revellers in Trafalgar Square draped themselves in the Irish tricolour flag as they celebrated at the annual event in the city 


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A man rides a giant whale in one of the floats on display at the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin today 

Leprechauns were seen in abundance during today’s parade in Dublin alongside dancers in eclectic costumes and soldiers in uniform

Dancers and drummers fill the streets of Liverpool for today’s raucous parade through the centre of the city 

Police officers in formal dress uniform parade through the centre of London during today’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations 

Never too old to party: This pair of pensioners joined in the London celebrations and appeared to be grooving to music

Others in the UK capital enjoyed a drink or two and were suitably attired, such at this man who was draped in the Irish flag which was topped off with a bright green hat

A group of men enjoy St Patrick’s Day day with pints of Guinness. St Partrick’s Day hits the city centre of Liverpool with people of all ages enjoying the day


Two girls get in the spirit to celebrate St Patrick’s day in Liverpool (left) and actor James Nesbitt leads the celebrations in London (right)

People dressed in fancy dress hats watch the St Patrick’s Day parade on a bright day in central London today 

A wide variety of flags were seen during the St Patrick’s Day parade as it weaved its way through Piccadilly Circus in central London today 

This man put on a particularly impressive fancy dress performance as he took part St Patrick’s Day celebrations in London

Crowds gather around the St Patrick’s Festival stage in Trafalgar Square, central London, where James Nesbitt was leading the celebrations 


One particularly creative fancy dress effort at today’s St Patrick’s Day parade in London (left) and a girl during the celebrations in Dublin

Dancers in colourful fancy dress during the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. There have been hundreds of other parades further afield, particularly in the US 

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