Thursday, March 17, 2011
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day: I see green!

Green is the new black. Well, for today it is, anyway. St. Patrick's Day is one of the only times besides Halloween when sporting bright green hair and chugging murky green beverages will more likely draw smiles than questionable stares.


Originally a religious holiday honoring a popular Irish patron saint, St. Patrick's Day has transformed into a popularized event in many parts of the world. In the United States, the holiday ushers a whole range of festive antics.


The Chicago River is dyed green each year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. In the run-up to the holiday, Mark Goble was sitting in his office when he saw a fluorescent cloud of green dye drifting through the river and decided to catch it on video.


Photographer Rachel Cauvin said St. Patrick's Day is celebrated more traditionally in Throggs Neck, New York. On Sunday, emerald-colored bagpipers marched with school children in the annual parade. Cauvin said her favorite part of the parade was seeing children and even pets dressed up in green.


Jenna Leigh Shelerud also ran into St. Patrick's Day bagpipers -- in an unexpected place. While photographing the heated political climate in Madison, Wisconsin, on Monday, Shelerud noticed some protesters taking the time to celebrate the holiday a few days early.


"It was beautiful to see a  breath of fresh air and celebration in the area; you couldn't help but smile. The capitol held Irish infused guests and talented bagpipe players," Shelerud said. "It was simply beautiful."


Are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day? Have fun, and please share your images with CNN iReport!

March 17, 2011
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Everybody should wear something green today!


God Bless all Christians around the world!

March 17, 2011
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Oh just the christians, hu? No one else... what a jerk you are!

March 17, 2011
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I posted a bunch of photos of New York City on Saint Patrick's Day.  Take a look at all the green by clicking on my avatar.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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