Everywhere from New York to Egypt celebrates St. Patrick's Day — see the photos of raucous celebrations around the world

  • St. Patrick's Day this year is Saturday, March 17.
  • All around the world, people of Irish descent celebrate their culture and heritage with parades and parties.
  • Places from Montserrat to Singapore celebrate St. Patrick's Day in their own unique ways.


St. Patrick's Day, which commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, gives millions of people of Irish descent a reason to celebrate their culture and heritage, and is marked by massive parades and raucous parties.

Even countries without prominent Irish populations take part in the festivities. According to historians Mike Cronin and Daryl Adair, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival.

See photos of St. Patrick's Day celebrations from around the world:

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Gabriel poses for a photo as he takes part in the St Patrick's Day parade in Mexico City, Mexico March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: A woman with green accessory participates in the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Participants are seen during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A couple kisses during the St Patrick's Day parade in Mexico City, Mexico March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
A marching band performs during St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
People wear Shamrock suits on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Participants march the St Patrick's Day parade in New York City, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A member of a bagpipe band gestures during the St Patrick's Day parade in Mexico City, Mexico March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
People take part in the St Patrick's Day parade in Mexico City, Mexico March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attaches shamrock to mascot Domhnall as she attends the presentation of Shamrock to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, at a St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Britain March 17, 2018. Andrew Parsons/Pool via Reuters
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge poses for a group photograph as she attends the presentation of Shamrock to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, at a St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Britain March 17, 2018. Andrew Parsons/Pool via Reuters
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge drinks sparkling water and Prince William drinks Guinness as they attend the presentation of Shamrock to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, at a St Patrick's Day parade at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, London, Britain March 17, 2018. Andrew Parsons/Pool via Reuters
Ireland's flag flutters during St. Patrick's Day celebrations at the Uzupis neighborhood in Vilnius, Lithuania March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
People look on, as the Vilnele River colours green during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, at the Uzupis neighborhood in Vilnius, Lithuania March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
People attend St. Patrick's Day celebrations at the Uzupis neighborhood in Vilnius, Lithuania March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
A man dressed in a Shamrock suit walks past a mural on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A man takes a picture of people dressed as leprechauns on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
People dressed as leprechauns are seen on St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Paradegoers watch the St Patrick's Day parade in New York City, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Paradegoers watch the St Patrick's Day parade in New York City, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Participants march the St Patrick's Day parade in New York City, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Paradegoers watch the St Patrick's Day parade in New York City, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Paradegoers watch the St Patrick's Day parade in New York City, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Paradegoers watch the St Patrick's Day parade in New York City, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
A participant is seen during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A participant attends the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A woman has her hair dyed in the colours of the Irish flag as she watches the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A woman with a leprechaun on her hat watches the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: Chicago River is turned to green for annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: Chicago River is being turned to green for annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: People with green clothes participate in the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: A man with green accessories participates in the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: People with green clothes participate in the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: A man with green costume is seen on green Chicago River during the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: People with green clothes participate in the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: People with green clothes attend the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: Two people are seen with green accessories during the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: A marching band participates in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: A canoeist paddles on Chicago River as it turns green for annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: A canoeist paddles on Chicago River as it turns green for annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - MARCH 17: A dog with green hat is seen during the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations on March 17, 2018 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MARCH 17: A woman takes part in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Avenue�on March 17, 2018 in New York, United States. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MARCH 17: A marching band participates in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Avenue�on March 17, 2018 in New York, United States. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MARCH 17: Women parade during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Avenue�on March 17, 2018 in New York, United States. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MARCH 17: People watch from the sidelines during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Avenue�on March 17, 2018 in New York, United States. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MARCH 17: People watch from the sidelines during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Avenue�on March 17, 2018 in New York, United States. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MARCH 17: People watch from the sidelines during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Avenue�on March 17, 2018 in New York, United States. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Jay Stone, getting a ride in his dad's fire truck Denver Fire Tower #1, gestures to the crowd that he ran out of candy to throw to them during the annual St. Patrick's parade in downtown Denver March 17, 2018. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: People participate on the sidelines of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City. New York's Saint Patrick's Day parade is the largest in the world. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: People watch from the sidelines during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City. New York's Saint Patrick's Day parade is the largest in the world. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: A marching band participates in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City. New York's Saint Patrick's Day parade is the largest in the world. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: People participate on the sidelines of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City. New York's Saint Patrick's Day parade is the largest in the world. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 17: A Buffalo Sabres fan wearing St. Patrick's Day glasses, offers up some candy during an NHL game against the Chicago Black Hawks on March 17, 2018 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: A marching band participates in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade along 5th Ave. on March 17, 2018 in New York City. New York's Saint Patrick's Day parade is the largest in the world. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
March 17th, The Hague. St. Patrick's day was celebrated for the eighth time in the Dutch city of The Hague. This is the largest celebration of St. Patricks Day in the Netherlands. Every year St. Patricks Day is celebrated by over 75 million people worldwide. A day to celebrate the Irish culture. A celebration that in this case was organized by the Irish Club Netherlands and several Irish pubs. This year there was also a live broadcast of the 'Six Nations' rugby game between England and Ireland. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
March 17th, The Hague. St. Patrick's day was celebrated for the eighth time in the Dutch city of The Hague. This is the largest celebration of St. Patricks Day in the Netherlands. Every year St. Patricks Day is celebrated by over 75 million people worldwide. A day to celebrate the Irish culture. A celebration that in this case was organized by the Irish Club Netherlands and several Irish pubs. This year there was also a live broadcast of the 'Six Nations' rugby game between England and Ireland. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
March 17th, The Hague. St. Patrick's day was celebrated for the eighth time in the Dutch city of The Hague. This is the largest celebration of St. Patricks Day in the Netherlands. Every year St. Patricks Day is celebrated by over 75 million people worldwide. A day to celebrate the Irish culture. A celebration that in this case was organized by the Irish Club Netherlands and several Irish pubs. This year there was also a live broadcast of the 'Six Nations' rugby game between England and Ireland. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People stand at the Vilnia river that is coloured in green to celebrate the Irish festivity Saint Patrick's Day in Vilnius, Lithuania, on March 17, 2018. St Patricks Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. / AFP PHOTO / Petras Malukas (Photo credit should read PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 17: Fans dressed up for St. Patrick's Day during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 17, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Performers take part in the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin on March 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 17: Spectators watch the parade pass as the annual Saint Patrick's day parade takes place on March 17, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin hosts the largest Saint Patrick's day parade in the world with a route spanning 2.5 km. The Irish annals for the fifth century date Patrick's arrival in Ireland in the year 432 with the patron saint of Ireland's remains believed to be buried at Down Cathedral in County Down. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 17: Spectators join in the fun as the annual Saint Patrick's day parade takes place on March 17, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin hosts the largest Saint Patrick's day parade in the world with a route spanning 2.5 km. The Irish annals for the fifth century date Patrick's arrival in Ireland in the year 432 with the patron saint of Ireland's remains believed to be buried at Down Cathedral in County Down. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 17: A spectator shows off her green, white and gold eyelashes as the annual Saint Patrick's day parade takes place on March 17, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin hosts the largest Saint Patrick's day parade in the world with a route spanning 2.5 km. The Irish annals for the fifth century date Patrick's arrival in Ireland in the year 432 with the patron saint of Ireland's remains believed to be buried at Down Cathedral in County Down. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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