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Get set for carnival parades and toe-tapping events to mark St Patrick's Day

A sea of green is expected to descend on towns and cities across Ireland

CARNIVAL parades, toe-tapping Irish dancing and a dramatic re-enactment are all planned for St Patrick's Day celebrations across Ireland and further afield.

Here are a few hotspots of where to visit to raise a glass to St Patrick this weekend.

:: BELFAST

St Patrick's Day celebration tomorrow will see a carnival parade snake its way through the city centre from 11.30am with musicians, dancers and costumed characters making their way to Custom House Square for a free concert at 1.30pm.

Headlining the concert is former JLS star Aston Merrygold and there will also be performances from SlideStep, an award-winning modern Irish dancing group and local musicians Pure Blarney and The Rare Aul Stuff.

A sea of green also awaits visitors to St George’s Market this weekend with Irish dancing, shamrock design workshops and delicious Irish stew.

:: ARMAGH

Celebrate the first light of St Patrick’s morning at Navan Centre and Fort near Armagh for the 'Sunrise with Patrick'. The event will feature song and story casting an eye back to what life and faith may have been like before the arrival of Christianity.

The Pilgrim’s Walk will also begin at the Navan Cantre, a 132km trail winding through beautiful landscapes and historic cities, to end at St Patrick’s final resting place at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick.

A festival parade will weave its way through the heart of Armagh city from 1.30pm with street theatre companies joining with sports groups, dance schools and community groups and live music from The Nooks and Parcel O’Rogues.

:: DOWNPATRICK

A cross-community carnival parade will take place in Downpatrick on Saturday with music, dancing and stilt walkers among the highlights. With the theme of ‘Myths and Legends’ the cavalcade of floats, bands and community will begin at Ardglass Road at 3pm.

At Down Arts Centre, there will be Minecraft workshops, drumming and circus performer with Irish dancing and traditional music in the Saint Patrick Centre.

:: DERRY

The two-day festival in Derry will be a celebration of music, food and culture, including a St Patrick's Day carnival parade, Ubuntu Global Festival and the LegenDerry Food Festival.

The colourful carnival parade of dancing daffodils, busy bees and slithering snakes will begin at Bishops Street carpark in Derry at 2pm tomorrow with more than 600 people from schools, youth clubs and arts and cultural organisations to take part.

The LegenDerry Food Festival runs from noon to 6pm on March 17 and 18 with entertainment and music.

:: NEWRY

Floats, bands and community organisations will be participating in the St Patrick's Day carnival parade in Newry with the procession due to leave the Albert Basin at noon to make its way into the city.

Up to 100 young musicians from across Ireland who are part of the Cross Border Orchestra willperform in Newry tomorrow night. The Voice of the Irish concert at the Town Hall takes inspiration from St Patrick.

:: ENNISKILLEN

Free activities including climbing walls, archery and a battle with the Vikings in the town centre tomorrow.

A musical mix or traditional and rock hits will be performed on The Diamond stage, while a parade of floats, vintage vehicles starts at the Lakeland Forum starting at 3pm.

:: DUBLIN

Five days of celebrations are already underway for the St Patrick’s Day festivities, including the annual parade tomorrow, which stretches for 2.5 kilometres.

Beginning at Parnell Square at noon and making its way to St Patrick’s Cathedral, its guest of honour will be Mark Hamill, the Star Wars actor known for his role of Luke Skywalker.

:: OMAGH

The theme of this year's St Patrick's Day celebrations at the Ulster American Folk Park is 'The Emigrants Farewell'.

It will commemorate Irish people who left Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries in the search of a better life in America with dramatic re-enactments to take place with the stories told through music and song at noon and 2pm.

:: GALWAY

A spectacle of "all things Irish" is promised in Galway as the city marks the 116th anniversary of its St Patrick's Day parade.

 

The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will turn green as part of the celebrations while a parade featuring an array of community, cultural and sporting groups will make its way around the city.

Live music, vintage carousel and children’s entertainment will also be on offer at Eyre Square, while a family-fun cycling event takes place on Sunday.

:: NEW YORK

The city hosts the world’s largest St Patrick’s Day parade, drawing more than two million spectators every year.

The famous parade kicks off in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and marches along Fifth Avenue, passing by popular attractions including St Patrick's Cathedral.

Other events include a beer mug-making workshop and a tour, The Irish Mob of Hell’s Kitchen: From the Gophers to the Westies, offering a glimpse into the largely-forgotten Irish gangs of New York.

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Wherever you are in the world tomorrow, RTÉ is offering you the chance to watch the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin. Catch it live from 12.15pm tomorrow at rte.ie/player/ie/live/8/

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