St Patrick's Day celebrations around the world as Chicago river turns GREEN

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In the 17th century St. Patrick's Day began as a religious feast day but has since evolved into a plethora of festivals, parties and parades scattered across the world.

"I do at times get frustrated around St. Patrick's Day when the celebrations promoted are largely about drinking", Chick said.

But they'll only goes so far, he asserts.

385 AD - Born in Britain, but is not Irish. After six years of working there as a shepherd, he returned home and became a priest.

The most famous legend surrounding St. Patrick is he is the main reason for Ireland not having any snakes. However, most biologists maintain there never were snakes in Ireland.

It is a celebration of Irish history and culture, and is a national holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. After all, you can't properly celebrate a holiday without actually knowing the meaning behind it.

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That's illustrated in the fact that the St. Patrick's Day dinner Saturday night at the B.I.S.is sold out - all 120 tickets. The median age of those who claim Irish ancestry is 41 years old.

More than 150 parades are taking place across Ireland.

St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in about 420 A.D., he explains.

And of course, celebrations took place in NY, with Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar taking part in that city's St Patrick's Day parade.

Today's parade featured more than 2,000 members of marching bands from across the country.

St. Patrick's Day coat pins adorn the jacket of a man as he watches the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York, March 17, 2012.

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Up until recently, LGBT groups were not allowed to march in the annual NY parade on Fifth Avenue. This year, at least two groups in the parade have banners identifying marchers as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The parade is held on March 17, unless March 17 falls on a Sunday.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and lasts almost six hours.

The parade marches up 5th Avenue, from 44th to 79th streets.

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Every year, 40 pounds of green dye is poured into the Chicago River to celebrate St Patrick.

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