Revellers from Brazil to China enjoy carnival atmosphere
Published 17/03/2014 | 02:30
Revellers from Spain, Brazil, China, Denmark and the UK crowded the streets of Temple Bar last night in an assortment of novelty leprechaun hats, fluorescent green wigs and skin-tight onesies.
Last year, over 140,000 people travelled to Ireland for the Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, generating an estimated €121m for the economy.
Many of the tourists were experiencing Irish culture for the first time, including Jichang Mu (30), from China, who found the party atmosphere something of a culture shock.
"This is my first St Patrick's Day," he told the Irish Independent.
"The traditional culture in China is very different to traditional culture in Ireland. I wasn't expecting so many people, so much singing and so much green.
"It is very exciting," he added.
Pockets of French rugby fans were nursing their wounds.
"The rugby was a disappointment of course," Aurelien David, from Paris, said. "But we are still determined to have a good time. We are visiting a lot of the pubs and that is making things easier."
Christina Toldbo, from Copenhagen, was impressed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere in the city.
"Everyone is here to have a great time. It feels like a carnival," she said.
While most tourists were interested in the 'beer and banter' others were looking forward to watching the colourful floats pass through the street.
Alba Palacios had travelled from Seville to see Ireland's largest parade.
"I'm going to get up early to get a good spot and wear a lot of jumpers. I can't wait to see the Irish dancers and the puppets."