Thursday 23 October 2014

Lighting up the world, from Great Wall to Paris

Greg Harkin

Published 18/03/2014 | 02:30

The famed zebra crossing on London's Abbey Road, St John's Wood, is turned green at the weekend by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day in London.
The famed zebra crossing on London's Abbey Road, St John's Wood, is turned green at the weekend by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day in London.
The Great Wall of China, which was lit up in green for St Patrick's Day.

MILLIONS of people around the globe took part in St Patrick's Day events.

More than 100 of the world's most famous monuments were lit up green for the occasion, including the Great Wall of China and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And in Paris, the famous Moulin Rouge dancers took to the street outside the theatre as the famous building went green for the day.

There were also large crowds at St Patrick's Day parades in other European capitals including Rome, Stockholm, Berlin and Bucharest.

More than 8,000 people attended Spain's only parade, which was headed by former Kilkenny hurler Christy Heffernan in the seaside town of Cabo Roig near Alicante as temperatures approached 25C.

In London, a huge parade wound its way through the streets from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square, with tens of thousands of onlookers.

There was no controversy at all as members of the gay community took part in Australia's biggest parade, in Sydney, for the first time.

Members of local LGBT groups walked alongside members of Irish organisations, including Gaelic games clubs.

Around 1,000 people took part in the 22nd annual parade in the Omotesando district of Tokyo.

There was an added bonus for crew members of the Derry-Londonderry-Doire ship in the round-the-world Clipper race.

The 10 members of the crew had been due to leave the Chinese port city of Qingdao on the next leg of the race to San Francisco.

But thick fog delayed the race, meaning the crew got to celebrate St Patrick's Day on dry land.

An Irish dancing display was put on for large crowds in Shanghai, whilst several thousand people watched a parade march through the centre of Singapore.

Week-long celebrations in Montserrat ended with a parade. And in Cape Town, in South Africa, O'Driscoll's Irish Bar was party central for ex-pats.

Irish Independent

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