Photo gallery: St. Patrick’s Day across the nation
Published: March 17, 2013 12:11AM
Updated: March 17, 2013 12:12AM
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Sophine Lassiter, 2, attends the 25th annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and celebration, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Charles Slate) LOCAL PRINT OUT (MYRTLE BEACH HERALD OUT, HORRY INDEPENDENT OUT, CAROLINA FOREST CHRONICLE, GEORGETOWN TIMES OUT)

A sea of emerald green is sweeping the nation this weekend as crowds gather in big cities and small towns to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

In New York, hundreds of thousands of revelers lined the St. Patrick’s Day parade route, cheering the marching bands, dance troupes and politicians.

In downtown Chicago, thousands along the Chicago River cheered as workers on a boat dumped dye into the water, turning it a bright fluorescent green for at least a few hours in an eye-catching local custom.

And in Ireland, Dublin’s five-day St. Patrick’s Day festival was unfolding with a new addition. For the first time, up to 8,000 visitors from around the world were due to march in a so-called people’s parade Sunday, when Ireland’s capital city also intends hold its usual procession of bands and pageantry.

Here are some photos of St. Pat’s celebrations around the country.