This Bank Holiday weekend’s St Patrick’s festivities will take in everything from a military parade to a light display on the Great Wall of China.
The latter event will see a section of the famed structure illuminated with artificially emerald-coloured lighting at midnight local time tomorrow.
It is part of an initiative of the Irish Embassy and Tourism Ireland, and means the wall is the latest landmark to join in the global trend – with others including the Sphinx, the Pyramids and Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue.
But closer to home, today will see soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment presented with clusters of shamrocks at a parade in Thiepval Barracks.
The event, closed to the public except by invitation, will see hundreds of soldiers take part in the annual shamrock ceremony – dating back to the time of Queen Victoria.
In Belfast, although St Patrick’s Day falls on Monday, this year’s parade will be held on Sunday instead, beginning from noon.
The parade will head to Custom House Square and floats will include a Back To The Future DeLorean car and Dr Who in his Tardis.
Downpatrick, reputedly the burial place of the saint, will be offering a carnival parade, food market on Monday and Down Cathedral and other buildings will also be illuminated to mark the occasion.
A medieval tour is also due to be held tomorrow in Downpatrick. For more information call Downpatrick Tourist Information Centre on 028 4461 2233 or visit www.facebook.com/downrail