St. Patrick’s Day celebrations see world monuments go green

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us once again, but some cities around the world got a head start on the celebrations. 

Iconic monuments and landmarks from Canada to Australia were illuminated in numerous shades of green to usher in the festivities.

The United States paid tribute in locations such as the Empire State Building and One World Trade Centre in New York and the San Antonio River in Texas.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum in Rome were also lit up last night, creating a magical eerie atmosphere.

Tourism Ireland’s annual Global Greening campaign saw the London Eye, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro,, Niagara Falls and the Great Wall of China all joining in the iconic display.

Over 250 landmarks worldwide took part in the display, with some new places including Disneyland Castle in Shanghai, Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350, and the rhino statues in Nairobi National Park in Kenya.

Tourism Ireland has put together some fantastic videos in preparation for today’s events, which traditionally take place around lunchtime. The first of which highlights the ‘international welcome’ which is extended every March 17th.

The story of St. Patrick is a fascinating one, delved into in more detail in this clip.

Here are some clips of the St. Patrick’s Day sights around the world.

Colin J McCracken
Colin J McCracken

Director and Executive Editor

Colin J McCracken is an Irish editor and writer of both fiction and journalism. Coming from a background in education and film, his passions are split between the environmental and the entertaining. Constantly striving for a more sustainable existence and trying to balance it while simultaneously buying too many books.