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St. Patrick’s Celebrations Get Green Light Around the World


Some 190 iconic landmarks and sites around the world will be illuminated in green over the coming days – as part of Tourism Ireland’s 2016 Global Greening initiative to celebrate the island of Ireland and St Patrick.

From Rome to Rio and from London to Toronto, a host of buildings and sites around the world are turning a shade of green to celebrate the Emerald Isle’s national day.

New sites taking part in 2016 include 7 World Trade Center at Ground Zero in New York, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Yas Viceroy hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Nelson Mandela statue in Johannesburg. They are joined by some “old favourites” which have gone green in previous years – including the Colosseum in Rome, the Sacré Cœur basilica in Paris, the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

In Canada, several sites will join the Global Greening celebrations including the “green lantern” of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, a host of properties in Montreal, including Montreal City Hall, Tour McGill College and Olympic Stadium; and lighting the sky emerald in St. John’s, Nfld. will be Cabot Tower on Signal Hill National Historic Site.

Toronto City Hall will again green its iconic towers, and new locations such as The Calgary Tower, the Toronto Sign, the Distillery District and Casa Loma will be joining in the festivities this year. Turbo the Goat, the adorable #RoyalGoat of the Royal Winter Fair who rose to popularity in Toronto last year, will also be joining in on the #GoGreen4PatricksDay fun.


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