Ireland Fetes St. Patrick
And the rest of the world starts drinking beer at 8am
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 17, 2013 1:18 PM CDT
A woman wears false flag eyelashes during the St Patrick's day parade through Dublin city centre on St Patrick's day, Sunday, March 17, 2013.   (Julien Behal)

(Newser) – Never mind the fickle Irish weather. A chilly, damp Dublin celebrated St. Patrick's Day with artistic flair anyway today as the focal point for a weekend of Irish celebrations worldwide. More than 250,000 revelers braved the occasionally snowy, sleety skies to line the streets for the traditional holiday parade, a 2-mile jaunt through the city's heart involving performers from 46 countries. Unusually, 8,000 tourists in town for the festivities led this year's procession in a "people's parade." Many donned leprechaun costumes or deployed banners and flags of their home nations or US states, with the Texans making the biggest impression as they sported "Happy St. Paddy's Day, Y'All!" T-shirts.

One marcher, a 22-year-old engineer from Canada, defiantly showed it wasn't so nippy at all—by doing the hour-long walk shirtless, with only a painted-on shamrock covering his chest. "It's not cold!" Oliver Feniak declared. Today's decision to put tourists in the vanguard was connected to a year-long tourism promotion called The Gathering that is organizing hundreds of clan reunions nationwide in hopes of boosting the economy. The party continues globally: This year the pyramids of Giza, the leaning tower of Pisa, Niagara Falls, and the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio are among dozens of iconic spots going green for the occasion. Want a little less party, and a little more history? CBS has a primer.

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Mar 18, 2013 5:29 AM CDT
Let's see how many people I can get going. For all those who say God and Jesus are nothing but a myth. How many of you went to a bar or party celebrating St. Patrick's Day? How many of you buy gifts during the Holiday Season? How many of you take off work for Christmas? How many of you have used a christian holiday as a reason to take off from work?
Mar 17, 2013 3:12 PM CDT
Erin go braugh
Mar 17, 2013 2:57 PM CDT
Tricia and I like to stop off every Sunday during our bicycle ride to grab a bite to eat In an open mall area near the beach that has a number of cafe's and restaurants There is a Irish pub across from the cafe we choose and the place was packed outside and in with people drinking at 8:00 A.M in the morning We couldn't believe it Maybe the pub was open all night and they were still there from last night...who knows But they sure have some strong constitutions to be drinking at that hour....:-)