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Northern Ireland St Patrick's Day celebrations due

Category: Northern Ireland

Published: 17th Mar 2011 06:34:26

Thousands of people are due to take part in St Patrick's Day celebrations across NI, with one of the main events taking place in Belfast.

A carnival with nearly 1,000 participants will leave the City Hall at midday and head to Custom House Square for an open air concert.

Towns and cities including Londonderry, Armagh, Enniskillen and Downpatrick are also holding events to mark the day.

Meanwhile, the NI first and deputy first minister are in Washington DC.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuiness' first official engagement was a congressional breakfast hosted by Congressman Peter King on Wednesday.

Later on Thursday they will meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and they hope to make a courtesy call to President Obama.

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