Pictures from Belfast, Dublin, Downpatrick, Newry and Armagh parades


The world's largest celebration of Irish pride will hit the streets of New York City Saturday for the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade. The parade has been a long-time tradition that dates back 176 years.

A parade participant reads a blessing at 11th and MA streets before the start of the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan will kick off the festivities with mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Things you didn't know about St. Patrick This marks the 167th year for San Francisco's Saint Patrick's Day Parade.

In Dublin Irish actor Liam Cunningham, famous for his role as Davos Seaworth in television series Game Of Thrones, led the 2,000-strong parade.

Thomas Lynch, Terence Maguire and Patrick O'Shea served as parade judges.

Returning for 2018 after being canceled previous year due to road construction, the O'City Parade starts at 11 Reno and Hudson avenues.

Police were present outside St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Revelers wore all types of green accessories on Saturday. The parade featured many other Disney characters, like Ariel the mermaid, and Princess Belle.

Susie Williamson came from Alabama to watch the parade.

Students from Premier Martial Arts put on a show in the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2018, on Massachusetts Street.