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Landmarks Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

  1. London Eye

    London Eye

    All the merrymaking on St. Patrick’s Day has a big impact on local businesses (a study from more than a decade ago estimated the holiday generated $30 million in Savannah, Ga., for example)—all the more reason to paint the town green. The London Eye Ferris wheel will again turn green on March 17 this year as part of a partnership with Tourism Ireland. This is the fourth St. Patrick’s Day for which the tourism agency has organized “greenings” of things around the world—from monuments to a flock of sheep. This year’s list adds the Pyramids of Giza and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

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  2. Chicago River

    Chicago River

    This year the Chicago River will turn bright green on Saturday, March 16, starting at 10 a.m. The tradition, which is more than 40 years old in Chicago, was recently adopted for Florida’s Hillsborough River. “A green river for St. Patrick's Day is one of the perks of having an Irishman as your mayor!” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in a statement.

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  3. White House Fountain

    White House Fountain

    The fountain in front of the White House first turned green for St. Patrick’s Day in 2009. The color change has become an annual tradition under the Obama administration.

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  4. Monaco Palace

    Monaco Palace

    On the evening of March 17, Prince Albert II of Monaco will light up the facade of the Monaco Palace to honor his Irish roots. The prince is the son of actress Grace Kelly, whose grandfather was born in Ireland. This will be the second year the palace has gone green—the custom started after Prince Albert’s visit to Ireland in April 2011.

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  5. Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Opera House

    The Sydney Harbor will reflect green light from the sails of the Sydney Opera House while Irish singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey performs inside. The St. Patrick’s Day light show, which first took place in 2010, pays homage to the more than 2 million Irish in Australia.

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  6. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls

    More than 6 million cubic feet of water flows over Niagara Falls each minute—and this St. Paddy’s Day, it’ll glow green. This will be the second year the falls have been lit green on March 17, which also marks the day when the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., was incorporated in 1892.

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