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[Slideshow] Happy Saint Patrick's Day, from Paris!

Saint Patrick's Day celebrated in Paris
Saint Patrick's Day celebrated in Paris RFI/Jan van der Made

Paris hosted its second St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. Irish people, both home and abroad commemorate the death of this fifth century saint who is said to have brought Christianity to the island. Sunday's Parade, organised by the Irish in France Association, took place around the Pantheon mausoleum. The event took place a day after the centre of Paris was occupied by thousands of yellow vests and 'black block' groups who vandalised shops on the Champs Elysees avenue. But this Irish 'green vest' parade was all about merrymaking and good cheer.

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Bagpipers prepare for Saint Patrick's Day in the chapel of the Irish Cultural Centre.
Bagpipers prepare for Saint Patrick's Day in the chapel of the Irish Cultural Centre. RFI/Jan van der Made

Scottish bagpipes are ingrained in Irish culture, and provide music for the procession
Scottish bagpipes are ingrained in Irish culture, and provide music for the procession RFI/Jan van der Made

Dressed in green and wearing national symbols, people gather in the courtyard of the Irish Cultural Centre
Dressed in green and wearing national symbols, people gather in the courtyard of the Irish Cultural Centre RFI/Jan van der Made

This woman has a shamrock painted on her face -  the three-leaved plant that Saint Patrick is said to have used as a symbol for the Holy Trinity
This woman has a shamrock painted on her face - the three-leaved plant that Saint Patrick is said to have used as a symbol for the Holy Trinity RFI/Jan van der Made

Meanwhile, bagpipers inside the chapel do a few trial runs before the procession starts
Meanwhile, bagpipers inside the chapel do a few trial runs before the procession starts RFI/Jan van der Made

While growds start to gather outside, banging drums and making merry.
While growds start to gather outside, banging drums and making merry. RFI/Jan van der Made

This girl is one of many children that took part in the festivities.
This girl is one of many children that took part in the festivities. RFI/Jan van der Made

A couple wearing small leprechaun hats
A couple wearing small leprechaun hats RFI/Jan van der Made

Mini Saint Patrick ...
Mini Saint Patrick ... RFI/Jan van der Made

... and a life-size one
... and a life-size one RFI/Jan van der Made

A woman with a Saint Patrick hairdo.
A woman with a Saint Patrick hairdo. RFI/Jan van der Made

Famous Irish writers on display, including Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde
Famous Irish writers on display, including Samuel Beckett and Oscar Wilde RFI/Jan van der Made

Lunch break ...
Lunch break ... RFI/Jan van der Made

... with a tradtional Irish beverage
... with a tradtional Irish beverage RFI/Jan van der Made

A leprechaun hat with shamrock attached.
A leprechaun hat with shamrock attached. RFI/Jan van der Made

One last test before going out ...
One last test before going out ... RFI/Jan van der Made

Outside, people listen to speeches. The speaker here is John Halligan, Irish Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development
Outside, people listen to speeches. The speaker here is John Halligan, Irish Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development RFI/Jan van der Made

The procession finally begins! The Grand Marshal leads the parade, briefly crossing with Patricia O’Brien, Irish Ambassador to France.
The procession finally begins! The Grand Marshal leads the parade, briefly crossing with Patricia O’Brien, Irish Ambassador to France. RFI/Jan van der Made

The music starts - people march along the streets of Paris.
The music starts - people march along the streets of Paris. RFI/Jan van der Made

Young and old, dressed up in green, carry the Irish flag.
Young and old, dressed up in green, carry the Irish flag. RFI/Jan van der Made

Both Irish people in France and Ireland-loving French marched alongside to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.
Both Irish people in France and Ireland-loving French marched alongside to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. RFI/Jan van der Made

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! RFI/Jan van der Made

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