Editor's Note: Last year, the entire world celebrated St. Patrick's Day in style. With the countdown to St. Patrick's Day 2017 well and truly on, we thought we'd take a look back at the fun and frolic folks had around the world last year. Have you got major plans for this year? Going somewhere exotic? Mail us some photos to [email protected] or tag us on Twitter @IrishCentral.

After weeks of parade preparation, reading up on the history of St. Patrick and the day named after him, cooking up special Irish recipes, and brushing up on Irish toasts and sayings for the special day, St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone.

While a few towns and cities around the world will still be holding their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this weekend, yesterday was the main event, with parades and parties galore, and monuments around the world turning green in honor of Ireland and March 17.

Here’s a look at some of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world, from New York to Dublin to Sydney.

And if you’re feeling a little worse for the weather (no judgement!), you can read up on our top Irish hangover cures here.


The St. Patrick’s Day parades throughout Ireland, where it’s a national holiday, proved once again that there’s no better place for the craic on March 17th than Ireland.

Just look at these spectacular floats in Dublin!

And Cork!

And Limerick!

Credit: Press 22

Credit: Press 22

Credit: Press 22

Credit: Press 22

The Dublin parade was led by the wonderful Joanne O’Riordan, who stars in the documentary No Limbs, No Limits.

Over half a million people thronged the streets to watch the parade, which was especially in tune with this year’s theme, “Imagine if…”

#TakingYouToIreland for the parade in #dublin! A sea of green madness. Shot by @elizabethclloydcanvin#lovedublin #dublin #stpatricksday #stpatricksday2016

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In Cork, where the theme of the parade was Ireland’s 1916 Proclamation, the parade was led by a massive reproduction of the proclamation itself as well as people portraying the signatories.

They also had a “Foxy Float” devoted entirely to redheads:

In Galway, they recreated the famous Men at Lunch photo of Irish construction workers in New York: 

Hands down the best St. Patrick's Day float we've ever laid eyes on. The top was snapped at the Maigh Cuilinn parade in...

Posted by InstaIreland on Thursday, March 17, 2016

In Ennis, Co. Clare, the parade was led by 97-year-old Patrick Wall – the oldest living Patrick in the county. He was joined by a few more venerable Patricks, pictured here:

Patrick McMahon (94) from Feakle, Patrick Malone (92) from Corofin, Mayor of Ennis Pat Daly (who turned 60 today), Patrick Wall (97) from Kilmihil and Chris Droney (92) from Bellharbour pictured after today's Ennis St Patrick's Day Parade.

Donald Trump also made an appearance at an astounding number of parades throughout Ireland:

And in Carrigaholt, there was Ireland's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade: 

Ladies and gentlemen.. The moment you have all been waiting for has finally arrived!! The direct result of a long years...

Posted by Becky O Farrell on Thursday, March 17, 2016

New York City:

The 5th avenue parade, the oldest in the world, made history today as the first Irish LGBT group marched in the procession:

In addition to St. Patrick’s Day revelers, the streets of New York were full of Irish literature, thanks to the Irish Arts Center’s St. Patrick’s Day book drive, though which 5,000 Irish books were given away.


Portugal’s capital city held its first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade yesterday! It was led by Ambassador Orla Tunney and some adorably excited schoolkids.


Sydney’s St. Patrick’s Day parade was sadly canceled this year due to a lack of funding, but the Irish in Australia’s capital still found ways to celebrate:

Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening campaign

It was a massive success this year, with close 200 landmarks around the world going green for St. Patrick’s Day. The part most people don’t realize? The cities and countries join in on the fun for free, saving the Tourism Ireland an estimated 20 million euro.

The Coliseum in Rome:

The Great Wall of China:

Niagra Falls: 

The Mount Ulriken TV mast in Bergen, Norway:


The London Eye:

A bunch of attractions throughout Northern Ireland, including the Giants Causeway:




And even the Aisling Irish Center in New York!

Aer Lingus enlisted the help of Mundy for a really sweet surprise for Dublin Airport:

And finally, this trad band golden retriever completely stole the show:

Happy #StPatricksDayGetting into the Irish spirit

Posted by Jason Oliveira Abc30 Action News on Thursday, March 17, 2016

* Originally published in March 2016.

How people around the world celebrated St. Patrick’s Day 2016. Above: Dublin.RollingNews.ie