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Erin go bragh! The world celebrates St. Patrick's Day
Monday, March 17th, 2014

Break out the beads and green beer! It's time to celebrate all things Ireland.

Irish eyes were smiling as millions crowded bars and downtowns around the world for annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations Monday.

Green wigs, red beards and leprechaun hats abounded from Dublin to far-flung countries like Japan.

On a more sober note, Guinness and other beer companies boycotted the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City over the parade organizers' refusal to allow participants to carry pro-gay rights signs.

NYC Mayor Bill DiBlasio became the first mayor in decades to sit out the traditional march.

The brewer Samuel Adams withdrew its sponsorship of Boston's parade over similar issues.

Here's a look at some of the best celebrations.

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People stand along the River Vilnele to watch as it is colored green to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Drag Queen Peachy Queen poses from the back of a bus, and prepares to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade on behalf of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people for the first time in Sydney, Australia.

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Japanese youths dance on the street during the 22nd St Patrick's Day Parade in the Omotesando fashion district of Tokyo.

(TORU YAMANAKA - AFP/Getty Images)
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People dress in Irish-themed costumes watch the annual St Patrick's Day Festival pass from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square in London.

(Stuart C. Wilson - AFP/Getty Images)
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People dressed in Irish-themed costumes take part in a St Patrick's Day parade in central London.

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The leaning tower of Pisa is colored green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The event is part of the initiative "Global Greening," sponsored by Tourism Ireland.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, laugh as they present 'Shamrocks' during the St' Patrick's Day parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, England.

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Spectators dressed as leprechauns attend the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin.

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