Landmarks worldwide turn green for our national day
Published 19/03/2012 | 05:00
FROM Niagara Falls to the Prince's Palace at Monaco, the world turned green at the weekend to celebrate Ireland's national holiday.
The eyes of the world turned on the Irish at the weekend as more than 31 landmarks across five continents turned green to celebrate all things Irish.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco joined the Irish Ambassador to France and Monaco, Paul Kavanagh, on Saturday evening to 'green up' the facade of the Prince's Palace of Monaco, to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
This 'greening' activity was part of a global initiative which saw the London Eye, Selfridges in London, Niagara Falls, Sydney Opera House, Burj al Arab in Dubai and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai turn green for St Patrick's Day.
The 'global greening' was part of a Tourism Ireland drive to promote the country abroad.
At home nearly half a million people packed the streets of Dublin for a big and bold parade, while around the country more than 50 communities hosted smaller events, many bathed in sunshine.
Meanwhile, in London, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, celebrated Ireland's national holiday by presenting shamrock to a group of Irish guards as she attended a parade at Aldershot barracks in Hampshire.
She even pinned shamrock to the collar of regimental mascot Conmael, an Irish wolfhound.
The diaspora was out in force in Trafalgar Square as more than 100,000 revellers attended St Patrick Day celebrations in London.
A surprise attraction at the Moscow parade in Russia this year was the band of the FSB -- the Russian Federal Security Service and successor to the KGB.
In Germany, Berlin hosted its second annual St Patrick's Day event, which saw hundreds of young people don green from head to toe and take to the streets creating their own parade.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will make the traditional presentation of a bowl of shamrock to US President Barack Obama tomorrow as St Patrick's Day fell on a Saturday this year.
The Taoiseach was the guest of honour at the Chicago St Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday.