The world goes green for St Patrick’s Day 2014


Tourism Ireland's Global Greening goes from strength to strength
 
2014 is the fifth year of Tourism Ireland's Global Greening initiative and over 120 iconic landmarks and sites across the world went green, marking St Patrick’s Day and kicking off the tourism season. 
 
In a major coup for tourism to the island of Ireland, UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Great Wall of China; the Treasury in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan; the Tower of Hercules in Galicia, Spain; and the Grand Place in Brussels all turned green. 
 
St Patrick’s Day and Global Greening trended on social media across the globe, as news media around the world featured the island of Ireland and the ‘greenings’ in their bulletins and broadcasts, in newspapers and online, helping to keep the island of Ireland in the global publicity spotlight and promote holidays here. 
 
Scroll down to view our Global Greenings 2014. 
 
The Great Wall of China and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland® Paris went green for the first time,
as part of Tourism Ireland's global greening project.  
 
The Treasury in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – 
and the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, Egypt, went green.
Chicago's Wacker and Willis Towers turned green as part of a week-long celebration 
to make Chicago the ‘GREENest’ city in the world; while the Christ the Redeemer statue,
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, also went green again this year. 
‘Greened’ in Canada, were the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa; Whistler ski resort in British Columbia; the Tower of Hope, atop the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg; Cabot Tower on Signal Hill in St John's; City Hall, Toronto; and City Hall, Montreal. 

 

In London, the world-famous London Eye went green, along with Selfridges and the iconic Abbey Road. 
 
The ‘Armadillo’and SSE Hydro in Glasgow and Town Hall, Manchester were 'greened'.
 
Selfridges in Manchester and Birmingham joined the greening celebrations.
  
|In Austria, ‘greenings’ included the Skiwelt Söll (ski resort); Kaprun Castle, in the 
Zell-am-See region; the Burgtheater (City Hall), and the Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel 
in Vienna.

Going green in Germany were the TV tower in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz; the Town Hall, in Hannover; the Town Hall and Neumünster Church (built over the tomb of St Kilian) in Würzburg; as well as (below) in Munich, the Allianz Arena, the Amerikahaus, the Olympic Tower and the BMW Welt. While in Theilheim, the Baroc church went green. 
 
 
Ljubljana's Castle and the city’s Triple Bridge went green in Slovenia;
while in Switzerland, the Rhine Falls, in Neuhausen (one of Europe’s highest waterfalls)
also went green.
 
In the Czech Republic, Petřín Lookout Tower, Prague, 
and the City Hall Viewing Tower, Ostrava, went green.
In Brussels, the Grand Place was lit up in green, and the Manneken Pis statue was
“dressed” in Irish costume for the day! 
 
In Shanghai, China, the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower and 
the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel (old and new towers) in Shanghai went green this year. 
 
And in Guangzhou, in southern China, the Canton Tower, Guangzhou went green; 
while in Qingdao, the Derry~Londonderry~Doire Clipper Race yacht, in the port for of Qingdao in China  over the St Patrick's weekend, was also lit up in green! 
The Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava, went green, along with 
the ICEconcert Hall in Luleå, Swedish Lapland.

 
The Holmenkollen ski jump, Oslo, Norway and The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark,
joined our Global Greening.
 
In the Netherlands, Evoluon Eindhoven and Splendor music centre in Amsterdam 
went green. 

Going green in Italy this year were the imposing entrance to the Città Alta - Porta San Giacomo, Bergamo, along with the Leaning Tower of Pisa; the Fountain of Piazza dei Martiri in Reggio Emilia and even the Virgin Active fitness centres in Milan greened their spinning classes! 

Malta's Porte des Bombes, Floriana went 'green’.
  And, the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, was also ‘greened’ again.

Going green in Spain were the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Tower of Hercules, in La Coruña; Salamanca town square; and the Cibeles Palace and fountain in Madrid. 
 
Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Caiscais, Portugal,
and the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Luxembourg city.


The Spanish Monument and the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, 
both in Buenos Aires, Argentina, turned green.
 
The N Seoul Tower in South Korea was ‘greened’.
The El Ángel de la Independencia became the first site in Mexico City to join the Global Greening. 
 
Burj Al Arab in Dubai and Kingdom Tower, Saudi Arabia, went green.
 
  
In France, the famous Moulin Rouge became the "Moulin Vert"; while the Embassy of Ireland in Paris,  
the Euronext Paris (the historical stock exchange) and 
the Hôtel de Ville in Lorient, all went green. 
 
 The city of Chicago went green for the week leading up to St Patrick’s Day,
with special daily themes including “Taking it to the Streets”, “Eating Green Around the City” and
“Northside Goes Green”, among others. 
Our pictures (above) show the State Bank of Countryside; the Chicago River; Chicago Board of Trade and Navy Pier; the Jay Pritzker Pavilion; Trump International Hotel & Tower; the Cadillac Palace Theatre; and the Soldier Field stadium – home to the famous Chicago Bears team – which all went green as part of the celebrations in Chicago. 
 
 
Also in Chicago, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower, the Wrigley Building,
the United Center and Old St Patrick's Church all went ‘green’. 
 
 Also 'greened' in Chicago were the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower, the Wrigley Building and 
the United Center. 
 
Iconic skyscrapers go green in Philadelphia - the Cira Center, One and Two Liberty Place
and BNY Mellon Center went green, along with the famous Boathouse Row. 
 
And, elsewhere across the United States, the 'Welcome' sign in Las Vegas;  
the Empire State Building, New York; City Hall, San Francisco
and the Massachusetts State House, Boston, all joined the Global Greening. 
 
Once again, the iconic Niagara Falls was lit up for the St Patrick’s celebrations;
while Savannah's City Hall went green for the first time! 
City Hall in Houston also lit up in green again this year. 
 
And, at Downtown Disney®, Orlando –  including the DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park,
a ‘Mighty St Patrick’s Festival at Downtown Disney®’, took place with a special 
‘Glow with the Show’ where visitors lit up with their ‘greened’ Disney ears!
 
Meanwhile, down under -  the Old Parliament House in Canberra; Hyde Street Barracks in Sydney;
the Council House in Perth;
and The State Library of New South Wales in Sydney – all went green.  
And, the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, were among the very first icons to go green again this year, in honour of the island of Ireland and St Patrick’s Day. 
 
Table Mountain, South Africa, and Scott Base, Antartica both went green
as part of the global greening celebrations.