Inside wildest St Patrick’s Day celebrations as pandemic cancels festivities

Today (March 17) marks yet another St Paddy's day without wild drinking or street parties as we all remain at home desperate for the pubs to reopen after another lockdown.

St Patrick’s Day is an annual Irish cultural and religious event marking the death of Saint Patrick, celebrated on March 17 every year.

Overtime the sacred day has become known for its wild street parties that fill the streets with bright green decorations and drunken anarchy.

But the event definitely has the ability to turn your face the same colour the next morning with throbbing hangovers as you puke up all your regrets.

While many people will be making up for the missed celebrations as soon as they get the chance, all we can do is look back on some of the messiest celebrations – envious of our past selves.

2017: Drunken Brits in St Paddy carnage

Pictures show boozed-up revellers dressed as leprechauns in emerald-green hats and beards hit city centre streets to drink until the early hours during 2017's celebrations.

Girls in high heels braved wet conditions in Cardiff to hit the bars for a tipple or two.

The Guinnesses were clearly flowing heavily the whole way through the night as one woman is seen lying on the wet ground after one too many.

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2019: The world's largest celebration

It may be a surprise to many, but the largest St Patrick's Day party in the world isn't in Ireland at all but in New York City.

Starting in 1762 – making it the oldest St Patrick's Day event in the world – the New York parade now gets almost two million visitors a year.

However, due to the city's open container laws, no boozing is allowed, so for the wilder celebrations, we can turn our attention back to Dublin.

The capital of Ireland hosts a three-day extravaganza that sees parades, drinking and bands bring the Irish capital to a standstill and women party topless in green body paint.

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2019: St Paddy's in the toon

In March 2019, there was still so much fun to be had – and not a covid infection in sight anywhere in the world yet.

Geordie partygoers were donning green, white and orange are all smiles as they roam the streets.

There was dancing in the streets, with one having a jig in her Guinness hat.

A smiling duo was pictured tucking into a takeaway, with the lad wearing Irish face paint and a green collapsed into his friends.

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2020: The scouse St Paddy's day – in LOCKDOWN

Also repping the northern name for partying, was those causing mayhem in Liverpool.

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, many ignored the advice from Prime Minister Boris Johnson as partygoers were snapped at Concert Square in Liverpool.

Boris advised the public on March 16, 2020, to put down their pint glasses and avoid pubs, clubs and theatres to stop the spread of the disease.

However, eager partygoers were not put off by virus and instead were snapped enjoying a pint of Guinness while wearing a Leprechaun Irish Top Hat, happily dancing and clapping in the street.

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