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In pictures: St Patrick's Day around the world

Dublin parade

Thousands of people thronged the streets of Dublin for the annual St Patrick's Day parade.

Street performer in Dublin

A street performer leaps for the crowd in front of Christ Church in Dublin.

Di Nero - St Patrick

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1st Battalion Irish Guards

In England, the 1st Battalion Irish Guards marched in a St Patrick"s Day parade held at the Victoria Barracks in Windsor.

Auckland paddies

In Auckland, New Zealand, these drinkers got into the festive spirit.

Competitive eaters

In New York, these competitive eaters skipped the traditional pints of stout for corned beef and rye sandwiches. Winner Pat Bertoletti (left) consumed 16 3/4 sandwiches in ten minutes to win the contest.

White House fountain

The fountain in front of the White House flowed with green water to mark the day.

Brian Cowen and Barack Obama

Taoiseach Brian Cowen handed US President Barack Obama a bowl of shamrock during a ceremony at the White House.

Barack Obama with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness

President Obama also met Northern Ireland first and deputy first ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness.

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