Plenty of partygoers will be waking up with sore heads across the country on Saturday morning after spending the night commemorating Ireland’s national day.
Sydney was turned into a sea of green overnight as St Patrick’s Day revellers embraced the traditional colours and donned mini dresses, oversized hats, sunglasses as well as novelty headbands and masks.
Crowds packed into venues across The Rocks and Circular Quay while celebrations spilled over into the Harbour with revellers attending a boat party.
Celebrations rolled into the early hours of Saturday morning with some sitting on the side of the road to take a breather and enjoy a kebab after a night of dancing.
A group of partygoers celebrating St Patrick’s Day by the water on Friday night as celebrations rolled into Saturday morning
Partygoer poses for a photo as celebrations continued through the night on Friday
A group of friends enjoy a midnight kebab following a night of celebrations in Sydney on Friday
Sydney was turned into a sea of green overnight as revellers embraced the traditional colours and donned mini dresses, oversized hats, sunglasses as well as novelty headbands and masks
Revellers celebrated St Patrick’s Day in Sydney commemorating Ireland’s national day by wearing green
A couple of partygoers take a timeout on a bench in Sydney as celebrations rolled into the early hours of Saturday morning
A reveller throws her hands up in the air as celebrations rolled out across the street and spilled into a boat party on the Harbour
A woman rode an e-bike to get around the city during St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Sydney on Friday night
Partygoers take a moment by the water as St Patrick’s Day celebrations continued into Saturday morning
A woman takes a moment to rest on the sidewalk after a night of celebrating in Sydney on Friday
A couple wind down the night after celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Sydney on Friday
Two partygoers are over the moon to see each other and embrace as celebrations continued in Sydney on Friday night
Thousands of revellers draped in their best green attire flocked to pubs and clubs across the country on Friday to celebrate St Patrick’s Day
Sydneysiders poured into venues across The Rocks and Circular Quay – which have been transformed into an Irish village – and made a sea of green across the Harbour City
Celebrating Ireland’s national day, partygoers draped their arms around one another
Irish you were here! One reveller donned Irish flag face paint and opted for a football shirt
Partygoers made a sea of green across key locations, enjoying Guinness and Irish style festivities
Last year more than 15,000 people flocked to NSW’s capital but numbers this year are expected to well exceed that mark
Revellers made their way to Sydney nice and early to celebrate the end of the working week
Last year more than 15,000 people flocked to NSW’s capital but numbers this year are expected to well exceed that mark as temperatures remained a hot 23 degrees at 9pm in the city.
Around 7,00,000 Australians have some Irish ancestry, according to Census data, with the celebration always big in cities Down Under.
Observation of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 dates back more than 1,000 years in Ireland.
But, unlike today’s association of the holiday with raucous parades, it was traditionally a feast day marked by a religious service in the morning, and a celebration later in the day.
The festival is now celebrated all over the world, with huge parties in cities with large Irish diasporas.
It’s since evolved dramatically, thanks to the arrival of Irish immigrants to the US in the 18th and 19th centuries.
One reveller stylishly paired an oversized green shirt with a little black dress as she got ready for a night of festivities
Straight from the beach! One reveller opted for a white bikini and green skirt while her pal paired white sneakers with a playsuit
One person wore a green bowtie while another kept it simple in a green top
Luck of the Irish! One woman opted for a minty dress maxi dress with a very daring split which she paired with Louis Vuitton slides – while her pal helpfully carried her trail
Beach chic: One partygoer opted for a mini skirt and crop top while another wore a mint green shirt
Heels, miniskirts and boob tubes were a popular choice among the female partygoers
Hats and shamrock sunglasses were popular choices among the revellers
One woman struck a pose while dancing the night away
One person celebrating opted for a white bikini and pearls
One reveller opted for a novelty headband and mini shorts
One man opted for a green shirt and shorts
A woman in a green minidress hugs another in Daisy Dukes and a green top as the revellers head into the city
Luck of the Irish! One reveller opted for green dungarees as she partied the night away
Until now, it was thought St. Patrick’s Day observance began to spring up in the US in the early 1700s, with feasts, religious services, and charitable events in New York and Boston that largely mirrored practices seen in Ireland.
New York has long been credited as having the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade, when Irish soldiers in the British Army organized in 1762.
With an influx of Irish immigrants, and a thus rise in Irish patriotism in the country, larger celebrations eventually made their way to other locations as well, such as Philadelphia and Boston.
Recently discovered historical documents from the Florida city of St. Augustine, however, now stand as evidence of the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the US, with celebrations as early as the years 1600 and 1601.
In Ireland, St Patrick’s Day modern celebrations have taken off in more recent years, with a parade and 4-day festival for the holiday in Dublin.
Many have been snapped embracing both the celebrations and each other as the party is anticipated to rage on well into the early hours of Saturday.
One couple looked delighted and held hands in Sydney harbour
Despite being 17,204km from Dublin, revellers were sure to make the most of the festivities in Sydney
It is anticipated that more than 10,000 people will head out to celebrate St Patrick’s Day
Dressed up in green, those looking to party made their way into the city
One woman strikes a pose in Sydney harbour