Best St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other holiday? It’s the one day of the year when everybody is Irish! Before you make your St. Patrick’s Day plans, check out which cities are doing it the best. Who knows, you may end up on the next flight to one of these amazing St. Patty’s destinations.

Dublin, Ireland

The obvious choice for the biggest, most authentic St. Patricks Day celebration in the world. The elaborate four day celebration consists of a major festival that showcases the talents and achievements of the Irish people.

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Dancers in the St.Patrick’s Day Parade

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Parade goer proves not all snakes were banished from Ireland.

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The colors of Dublin, Ireland.

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The London Eye lit green.

London, England

The city hosts a large parade that gives representation to all 32 Irish countries. Experience Irish culture for free at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square.

 

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Sydney Opera House lit green.

Sydney, Australia

“The Paddy Factor” is a fun event where amuetur performers compete for a chance to take the main stage in the St. Patrick’s Day  parade.

 

 

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Guinness consumption sky rockets on St. Patty’s!

 

Toronto, Canada

Toronto graciously allows many young Irish working visas. The city honors their Irish population and celebrates with a Club/Pub crawl and a large parade.

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St. Patrick’s Day city lights.

 

 

Dubai

Dubai has a strong Irish community and their St.Patricks Day festivities last for four days in the Irish Village.

The city has held a St. Patrick’s Day Ball for the past 40 years where goers enjoy Irish dancing, drinking and food. Dubai is also home to the famous McGettigans Irish Pub.

 

 

 

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Children perform traditional Irish dance.

 

Boston, MA

Known as New England’s most Irish city, Boston offers an elaborate parade and houses more Irish pubs than any other city in the United States, which is why the holiday attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year.

 

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Workers dye the Chicago River green.

Chicago, IL

Every St. Patty’s the Chicago River turns green! Many do not know that this is a private undertaking that becomes more expensive each year.

 

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Leprechauns enjoy the big parade.

New York City

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is the most popular parade in New York City, ran entirely by volunteers who plan months in advance. Over 150,000 marchers participate each year in the big event.

 

No matter which city you end up in for St. Patty’s, we are sure that there will be plenty of Irish fun to go around. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Photo Contest – Help Cure Selfieitis

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You can do more with a smartphone than shoot a selfie! With the all-new Photobucket mobile app it’s a snap to upload, edit and share photos.

Show us how creative you can be with nothing more than your phone, some filters and our free mobile app!

How to enter:

1) Download the all-new Photobucket Mobile app.

2) Turn your phone away from your face and shoot a stellar photo.

3) Share it on Instagram, Twitter or Photobucket with the hashtag #pbMobile.

Help cure Selfieitis by entering our #pbMobile Photo Contest! Our favorite mobile photos will win a free 16×20 canvas print. See what others are submitting. Good luck!

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2014 Winter Olympics Highlights in GIFs

The games have just begun but the competition is fierce! From the opening ceremony to the gold medal wins, we’ve captured the best and the worst 2014 Winter Olympics Highlights in GIFs.

The Sochi events began with a grand Opening Ceremony. The colorful bouncy contraption is now a party must-have!

Opening Ceremony in Sochi Russia

Opening Ceremony in Sochi Russia

Conditions in Sochi did not always cooperate.

Extreme fog delayed the snowboard cross and biathlon while workers attempted to aliviate conditions with large fans. The games carried on but visibility issues affected performances.

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Competitors crash off a drop during the women’s snowboard cross.

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Richard Freitag (Germany) jumps in foggy conditions.

Slick slopes caused difficulty for even the fiercest of competitors.

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Snowboard Slopestyle turns downhill.

Figure skating heated up quickly when Russia took the first gold medal with some surprising stand out performances.

15 year old Yulia Lipnitskaya stunned the crowd with elegant execution and helped push her team to the top. Lipnitskaya crushed her competition with style and grace.

Yulia Lipnitskaya

Lipnitskaya’s performance brought the crowd to their feet

Dizzy yet? The Russian team continued to wow with amazing jumps and performances.

31 year old Evgeni Plushenko

31 year old Evgeni Plushenko commanded the ice

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov took the gold putting Russia back on top in figure skating. Russia had won gold 12 straight Olympics in the event before the streak ended four years ago.

Russian pair skaters fly high.

Russian pair skaters fly high

18 year old Gracie Gold stole America’s heart with a beautiful entrance. Team USA took the bronze.

Gracie Gold skated with a smile and confidence

Gracie Gold skated with a smile and confidence

American couple skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White set an Olympic record in the ice short dance with a score of 78.89.

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The animated couple brought high energy.

In other skating news, the Dutch dominated in a clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze in the men’s 500 meter speed skating while their competition fell short. The Mulder brother twins took the gold and bronze while their compatriot, Jan Smeekens, finished second.

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Daniel Greig (AUS) falls short

The USA hockey team had a big win on the ice and will have a shot at the gold medal.

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Backes shoots a goal.

Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal for America in men’s snowboard slopestyle, an event that was under the spotlight after Shaun White pulled out at the last minute, concerned with the potential risk of injury.

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Kotsenburg remained laid-back after he won the Gold

American Jamie Anderson also won gold in the inaugural women’s snowboard slopestyle event.

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Anderson danced to ‘Nas’ before her gold medal run

Sharing is Caring: Tina Maze (Slovenia) and Dominique Gisin (Switzerland) were happy to be declared co-gold medalists. In a rare occurrence, they tied in the alpine skiing event although Maze started the race 30 minutes after Gisin.

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A look at how the competitors took similar turns

Not everybody on the mountain flew quite as high. Bode Miller lost an expected medal in the men’s downhill event citing visibility issues. While Miller had difficulty seeing, his wife’s disappointment was as clear as day.

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Bode Miller’s wife reacts to his unexpected loss

Shaun White’s strategy to focus only on the men’s half pipe fell threw when he caught the edge of the pipe and slipped twice in his run. The two stumbles put White in fourth, missing his chance at another Olympic medal.

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Shaun White clips the edge of the half pipe

American figure skater Ashley Wagner was also not impressed and called “bull” when she received the scores to her performance.

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Wagner disagrees with the judges

As the 2014 Winter Olympics continue, the highs and the lows intensify. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the trending news and photos.

Album Privacy Settings Explained

At Photobucket, keeping your memories safe and secure is our main priority. We have several users a week contact us requesting more information on how to update the privacy settings in their account. We whipped together this post to give you a comprehensive overview of how to update your privacy settings. We hope it helps!

Regardless of whether you set your account to public or private, only you have the ability to make changes to your albums. Nobody else can edit, delete, or rename your photos and albums at any privacy level.

To modify your album privacy settings

  1. Click on the Lock icon next to the album title.
  2. Select the Edit link after Privacy Settings.
  3. Choose your privacy level: PublicPrivate, or Private with a Guest Password.

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Create a Personalized Valentine’s Day Card with Photobucket

Looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift? All you need is love… and Photobucket’s exciting, new love-themed sticker pack to create one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards for your special someones this holiday.

Enhance your sweetest, sappiest, most gag-worthy photos with our editor following these simple steps:

      • Choose the photo you wish to work with and click “Edit”.
      • Choose “Stickers” from the editing options and select your favorite love-themed stickers to add to your photo.Photo Editing
      • Drag stickers to desired position on photo. You can also edit the size of the stickers with the drag tool. Click “Apply” to seal the deal.Easy Photo Edits
      • Play around with our other editing options. When you are tickled pink, click “Save”.
      • Time to show off! Share your Valentine’s Day photo electronically or Print a hard copy to hand out to friends on the big day. Photo Editing

Here is the finished product of the card I made using the Photobucket editor:

Easy, personalized valentine's day gifts.

Easy editing with our Valentine’s Day sticker pack is a great way to create personalized memories. You can even do it on the go – download our app and access all of these features from your iPhone. Enjoy…and share the love!

Best NFL Moments – Funny Football Gifs

Superbowl 2014 is right around the corner and we are on the edge of our seats. Who will win it…the Denver Broncos or the Seattle Seahawks? As the excitement builds, we take this opportunity to relax and relieve our anxiety with a look back at some of the most funny, cringe-worthy, but always entertaining, football moments of the season.

Tom Brady’s High Five Fail

High Five Fail

At least he has a supermodel wife to console him.

The Full Moon

Full Moon

Should belts be a uniform requirement?

Peyton Manning Magic

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning is an unstoppable force!

Jim Harbaugh Killing it on the Sideline Drums

Harbaugh Drums

His aggression translates well in his music.

Seattle Seahawks Skittles Toss

Seahawk Skittles

Marshawn Lynch lands a pretty sweet deal.

Don’t Mess with the Mile High Magic

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Seriously, bro? Not cool.

Fairley v.s. Suh 

Epic Fail

The ultimate chest bump.

Impromptu Piggyback

Impromptu Piggyback Ride

Game day is no time for horse-play.

Phillip Rivers Pouts

Phillip Rivers

Not everyone has mastered gracefully losing.

The Seahawks Big Belly Dance

Seahawks Belly Dance

These moves took them all the way to the championship.

Omaha Voodoo

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Peyton Manning magic puts a spell on us all.

Swift Snap to the Face

Dolphins Distraction

Dolphins Distraction

Tom Brady Can’t Catch a Break

High Five Fail

Persistence is key.

Ahhh, feeling better. Time to dust off your best game day recipes, throw on your lucky jersey and cheer till your ear drums pop. The Superbowl is among us!

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Surefire Tips to Taking a Perfect Selfie

They pop up daily on our Instagram feed. We’ve seen countless “Selfie Sunday” hashtags. They are the norm for Facebook profile pictures and the word “selfie” has even been added to the dictionary. But having the latest smartphone and complementing filters is not enough. Study these simple tips and you will be on your way to taking the perfect selfie.

DO the turtle to eliminate a double chin.. DON’T angle the camera above your head

DO relax and be confident, DON’T over pose

DO imagine your happy place for a natural smize, DON’T make a ‘Duck Face’

DO enhance your photo with an appropriate filter, DON’T over-edit

Not buying it? Check out these celebrity selfie fails if you still have doubts…
Celebrity Selfies

A few other things to remember:

Choose your background wisely. Make sure there are no photobombers, incriminating props or distracting scenery.

Everything in moderation. Taking too many selfies is narcissistic. Limit to one a week maximum.

Keep it classy. Don’t shoot a selfie that you wouldn’t be comfortable showing to your grandmother or your boss.

You’re set…Now snap away to shameless selfie heaven!

 

Winter Photo Contest

Polar Vortex got you down?

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Cheer up! The temperatures may be dropping but we are heating things up with our Winter Photo Contest.

Snowed in or warm and toasty, we want to see your best winter photos!

It’s simple to enter:

1. Snap your best winter-themed photo.

2. Share it via Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #pbWinter.

 

Winner’s photo will be featured as our Facebook cover image and will be seen by millions.

Frozen streets on your way to work? Hot soup and a relaxing fire? It’s time to de-frost, grab your camera and share your best #pbWinter photo today!

Holiday Photo Contest!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to gather the family together and see what magical, often laughable, memories unfold.

Whether its the ugliest Christmas sweater, your toddler screaming on Santas lap, or that sweet labradoodle dressed as an elf….share your best Griswold worthy photos for a chance to win a 16×20 canvas.

 

 

How to enter:
Capture your best holiday photos
Share them on Instagram or Twitter with any of the following hashtags:

The holidays are approaching quickly! Simply snap, hashtag and share for your chance to win.

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