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Thousands of revellers draped in green have flocked to pubs to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. 

Sydneysiders poured into venues across The Rocks on Thursday to enjoy a Guinness, breathing some much needed life into the city’s embattled venues.

The annual celebration attracted an array of revellers in emerald attire, with some donning oversized hats, and others going for novelty headbands, masks, neckties, or scarves. 

Pictured: two party goers embrace the colours of the Irish flag as they attend Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Sydney

Pictured: two party goers embrace the colours of the Irish flag as they attend Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Sydney

Pictured: two party goers embrace the colours of the Irish flag as they attend Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations in Sydney

Pictured: A man and his partner walk through the area home to Australia's oldest pubs in an Irish soccer shirt and green striped top

Pictured: A man and his partner walk through the area home to Australia's oldest pubs in an Irish soccer shirt and green striped top

Pictured: A man and his partner walk through the area home to Australia’s oldest pubs in an Irish soccer shirt and green striped top

A woman appears to doze off after stopping to rest on a ledge with a friend after leaving a venue

A woman appears to doze off after stopping to rest on a ledge with a friend after leaving a venue

A woman appears to doze off after stopping to rest on a ledge with a friend after leaving a venue 

After efforts to sit became strenuous, the woman resorted to fully-reclining on the ledge

After efforts to sit became strenuous, the woman resorted to fully-reclining on the ledge

After efforts to sit became strenuous, the woman resorted to fully-reclining on the ledge 

Emerald with envy: Some unlucky punters will miss out on their venue of choice as pubs and bars are full of patrons for the night

Emerald with envy: Some unlucky punters will miss out on their venue of choice as pubs and bars are full of patrons for the night

Emerald with envy: Some unlucky punters will miss out on their venue of choice as pubs and bars are full of patrons for the night

Many have gone all out - dressing head to toe in green to celebrate the traditional Celtic holiday in the New South Welsh capital

Many have gone all out - dressing head to toe in green to celebrate the traditional Celtic holiday in the New South Welsh capital

Many have gone all out – dressing head to toe in green to celebrate the traditional Celtic holiday in the New South Welsh capital

A waitress carries a tray of Irish coffee at Australia's longest running Irish Pub, The Mercantile in The Rocks, Sydney

A waitress carries a tray of Irish coffee at Australia's longest running Irish Pub, The Mercantile in The Rocks, Sydney

A waitress carries a tray of Irish coffee at Australia’s longest running Irish Pub, The Mercantile in The Rocks, Sydney

A timely respite in the rainy weather has meant that most of the day’s celebrations have been able to be done outdoors.

St Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious day of celebrations where Irish people celebrate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, held on March 17 each year. 

Punters were in high spirits from midday with many seen singing and dancing in the streets.   

Though kilts like this are typically associated with Scotland they have also been a long established part of Irish culture and are worn as a symbol of pride of Celtic heritage

Packed venues host thousands of partygoers, keen to celebrate the traditional day, each year this year is certainly no exception

Packed venues host thousands of partygoers, keen to celebrate the traditional day, each year this year is certainly no exception

Packed venues host thousands of partygoers, keen to celebrate the traditional day, each year this year is certainly no exception

Sydney's embattled Rocks precinct has seen a return of life tonight as it's venues were the watering hole of choice for many decked out in green

Sydney's embattled Rocks precinct has seen a return of life tonight as it's venues were the watering hole of choice for many decked out in green

Sydney’s embattled Rocks precinct has seen a return of life tonight as it’s venues were the watering hole of choice for many decked out in green

Pictured: Two partygoers embrace in matching outfits, green tops and glasses joining a widespread practice on Saint Patrick's Day

Pictured: Two partygoers embrace in matching outfits, green tops and glasses joining a widespread practice on Saint Patrick's Day

Pictured: Two partygoers embrace in matching outfits, green tops and glasses joining a widespread practice on Saint Patrick’s Day

Most of those out on Thursday night are showing off the green in their wardrobe to join the sea of green in the city

Most of those out on Thursday night are showing off the green in their wardrobe to join the sea of green in the city

Most of those out on Thursday night are showing off the green in their wardrobe to join the sea of green in the city

The celebrations saw thousands of revellers pack into the city, vastly different scenes to the past few months.

While suburbs like Bondi and Newtown have appeared to make a comeback as nightlife hotspots but the city’s CBD has struggled to entice.

The city’s hospitality industry has been troubled by a lack of people coming through the CBD – with many workers choosing to remain working from home after lockdowns. 

The Celtic tradition of Kilt wearing is both Scottish and Irish, some punters have shown off the traditional garment on the holiday

The Celtic tradition of Kilt wearing is both Scottish and Irish, some punters have shown off the traditional garment on the holiday

The Celtic tradition of Kilt wearing is both Scottish and Irish, some punters have shown off the traditional garment on the holiday

Inner-city businesses from bars to burger-joints have been flat-out catering for the masses choosing the CBD their party destination

Inner-city businesses from bars to burger-joints have been flat-out catering for the masses choosing the CBD their party destination

Inner-city businesses from bars to burger-joints have been flat-out catering for the masses choosing the CBD their party destination

Given the green light: Sydneysiders are free from hospitality restrictions to observe the holiday with live music, singing and dancing after two long years of periodic lockdowns

Given the green light: Sydneysiders are free from hospitality restrictions to observe the holiday with live music, singing and dancing after two long years of periodic lockdowns

Given the green light: Sydneysiders are free from hospitality restrictions to observe the holiday with live music, singing and dancing after two long years of periodic lockdowns 

Pubs and restaurants are still suffering staff shortages and recouping losses following extended lockdowns last year.

Businesses in the inner-city have also been criticised for their price-points that many find to be out of reach. 

In July 2021, the lockdown in Sydney and surrounding regions came at an estimated cost of $1 billion a week, long-term losses continue to trouble crippled businesses. 

Partygoers young and old have joined celebrations in the city once again this year, soaking up the spirited Irish atmosphere

Partygoers young and old have joined celebrations in the city once again this year, soaking up the spirited Irish atmosphere

Partygoers young and old have joined celebrations in the city once again this year, soaking up the spirited Irish atmosphere

The holiday is both celebrated as a religious celebration and Irish patriotism, for many it's a chance to groove in green

The holiday is both celebrated as a religious celebration and Irish patriotism, for many it's a chance to groove in green

The holiday is both celebrated as a religious celebration and Irish patriotism, for many it’s a chance to groove in green

Source: DailyMail

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