Revellers around the world marked the annual celebration of all things Irish — and green — on Sunday.
As it has done for five decades, Chicago died its river green, while tens of thousands of revelers turned out for New York’s 252th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Hundreds of thousands were expected at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, one of many planned worldwide.
Christ the Redeemer, the Pyramids of Giza and Sydney Opera House were among the iconic world constructions lit green for the day.
Even astronaut Chris Hadfield donned a green sweater and bowtie for the occasion and sang Danny Boy from the International Space Station.
St. Patrick — the patron saint of Ireland — was born in Britain in the late 4th century, kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave.
He escaped, but later returned to convert the Irish to Christianity.
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica
- with files from Reuters