Thousands march in San Francisco's St. Patrick's Day Parade

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The guest of honour role was introduced to recognise Irish Diaspora and those with links to Ireland who have made a significant impact overseas. The Murphy Irish Dancers have marched and performed in the parade in Cleveland for 39 consecutive years with Crawford has their lead.

The Luke Skywalker actor, whose great-grandmother was born in Kilkenny, spent time in Co Kerry filming the latest instalment of the sci-fi series, The Last Jedi.

Have a great St. Patrick's Day, and may the luck of the Irish be with you! Picture date: Saturday March 17, 2018. Star Wars actor Mark Hamill was its first worldwide guest of honour.

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The force was with revellers in Dublin as Star Wars actor Mark Hamill became global guest of honour at St Patrick's Day celebrations in the city.

Members of the NYPD Emerald Society marched in the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday.

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will be in attendance.

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In Northern Ireland, the day will be marked with a carnival parade and free concert at Custom House Square.

In New York Taoiseach Leo Varadkar walked alongside his partner in the city's St Patrick's Day parade which up until recently had banned LGBT groups from marching.

Police were present outside St. Patrick's Cathedral. The parade featured many other Disney characters, like Ariel the mermaid, and Princess Belle.

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Elsewhere around 300 iconic landmarks and sites in 50 different countries took part in this year's so-called Global greening.

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