St Patrick’s sporting spectacular

By on 29/02/2012 in Culture, News

In celebration of London 2012, there will be an Irish style sporting theme at the St Patrick's Day Parade.

Representatives from Irish sporting associations in Birmingham will lead the procession on Sunday 11 March.

The parade will be led by seven flag bearers that will include representatives from the Gaelic Athletics Association in Birmingham, Erin Go Bragh's Hurling and Camogie (an Irish stick-and-ball team sport played by women) teams, Na Madrai Golf Society, Birmingham Irish Rugby Club, John Mitchel's Football Team, Friends of the Earth Cycling Team and Small Heath Boxing Club.

This year's parade will begin at 12noon on Sunday 11 March from Camp Hill with hundreds of balloons being released for a charity balloon race. Traditional favourites including Irish pipes and drums, hundreds of dancers in their dazzling costumes, floats, Irish music Irish dancing, tractors and steam engines will all be taking part in the event.

The parade will be the highlight of this year's St Patrick's Festival, which will also see the Lord Mayor of Birmingham officially open an art exhibition by local Catholic Schools at the Fusion Centre at South Birmingham College on Friday 9 March.  The show will not only include works by the local students but will also be curated by them as well.  The art exhibition is being coordinated by charity organisation Irish in Birmingham’s Cultural Development coordinator Pat Wright.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture says:  “The Birmingham St Patrick's Day Parade is well known throughout the world and brings local people from all communities together to celebrate Irish culture.  The parade always attracts a loyal audience; which includes plenty of family fun throughout the day.

The parade begins at 12noon on Sunday 11 March from Camp Hill, before following Digbeth High Street past traditional Irish pubs, ending on Alcester Street.

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