St. Patrick’s Day is not just for the Irish-born or the Guinness fanatics of the world. In fact, the day dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, March 17th - and in some places the week or two leading up to it – is a time of parades, revelry, and green galore for people of many different backgrounds across the globe.
From Moscow to Boston, parade goers flock to the streets to march, drink, sing and dance in honor of Saint Patrick. In some cities, mysterious Leprechauns even turn buildings, monuments, and bodies of water green as a nod to the Irish saint.
Explore the different cultural expressions of St. Paddy's Day in 20 photos, and no matter where you are this St. Patrick’s Day – be Irish for the day!
Manchester celebrates St. Patrick's day for two weeks, with the big day, Parade Day, falling on Sunday the 11th this year.
In Russia, the day is called Apostle of the Irish and includes a wonderful parade with extravagant costumes.
Coatbridge is one of the many places in the UK that celebrates the day over a span of many days, with several events leading up to a grand parade.
Japan celebrates St. Patrick's day with a large parade on Yokohama's famous Shopping Street.
Both native Koreans and ex-pats can be seen celebrating the big day in Seoul. The big parade includes face painting, dancing and even demonstrations of Irish sport by Seoul’s very own Gaelic Athletic Association.
Munich may be known for Oktoberfest, but the German city streets are filled with beer drinking yet again on St. Patrick's Day.
The Sydney Opera House turns green as Australians honor St. Patrick.
The St. Patrick's day parade is one of Montreal's most anticipated Spring events.
The Empire State Building in New York City turns green on the big day.
Bostonians take to the streets and celebrate in style with a massive parade. This year will be South Boston's 117th St. Patrick's Day parade.
Albany, the most Irish city in America, is not shy with their Irish pride on St. Patrick's day.
An iconic image of St. Patrick's day, 45 pounds of vegetable dye are used to color the Chicago river green each year.
Christ the Redeemer in Brazil takes a cue from other famous monuments and transforms green for Saint Patrick.
Dublin may be the first place that comes to mind for Americans dreaming of a Saint Patrick's Day parade, for good reason. Tourists and locals alike flock to the capital streets in green on March 17th.
The Irish of Shannon go big with a parade that rivals the best of the St. Patrick's Day parades across the globe.
The parade in Downpatrick is as fun as the rest, but begins with a service of remembrance held at the grave of St. Patrick.
Belfast City Hall is another iconic building transforming green.
In Budapest, the big St. Patrick's day parade is organized by the Irish Hungarian Business Circle.
The Colosseum also gets a green makeover on March 17th in Rome, Italy.
Green beers can be seen flowing at the Sheraton in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Even the astronauts can be found celebrating St. Patrick's day, beaming their St. Paddy's greeting down from Space.