IN PICTURES: Hundreds of thousands gather for 2016 St Patrick's Day parades

There were plenty of colourful sights on streets across Ireland and abroad today...

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Pictured an over head view using a tiltshift lens to make this years St Patricks Day 2016 parade in Dublin look like a model. Photo: /Rollingnews.ie

Hundreds of thousands of people have been celebrating here at home - and millions more around the world - to mark St Patrick's Day.

An estimated 500,000 took to the Dublin streets to watch today's parade. There were other huge crowds elsewhere - with tens of thousands showing up for the festivities in Limerick, Cork, Galway and other towns and cities across Ireland.

Here are some of the best pictures from the parades around the country - and even further afield. 

Dublin 

Images: RollingNews.ie

Joanne O'Riordan, 19, Irelands most high-profile campaigner for disabled rights and this year's grand marshal of the St Patricks Day parade greets spectators on OConnell Street. Image: Shawn Pogatchnik / AP/Press Association Images

Limerick

Ireland

New York

Steven Menendez, of Manhattan, waves the Gay Pride flag as he waits for the St. Patrick's Day parade to start on Fifth Ave. Image: Mary Altaffer / AP/Press Association Images

Image: Mary Altaffer / AP/Press Association Images