Sun Shines on St Patrick’s Parade

By on 12/03/2012 in Culture, News

In excess of 85,000 people revelled in the sunshine earlier today at Birmingham's annual St Patrick's Day Parade.

The weather was fantastic throughout and crowds packed the streets to watch beautifully decorated floats, horse-drawn carriages, vintage tractors, classic cars, scooters and motorbikes parade through the city.  They were joined by children carrying the flags of the 32 Irish counties, walking groups, traditional pipes and drums, marching bands, Irish dancers and Polish, Chinese and Indian community groups.

Special Guests at this years Parade were Michael Ring, Irish Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and Mary Harty - Mayor of Limerick.

In celebration of London 2012, there was an Irish style sporting theme at this year's St Patrick's Day Parade.  This year 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 who also picked up the award for best float.

Councillor Anita Ward, Lord Mayor of Birmingham said:  Birmingham's St Patrick's Day Parade is absolutely brilliant.  The Irish have brought the sunshine to Birmingham in more ways than one.  It is one of the great cultural events that the city stages each year.

Michael Ring, Irish Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport said: I cannot emphasise enough how well organised the parade is.  It is the commitment of the Irish people in Birmingham that have made it such a success.  It is the best parade that I have been to in years.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said, “It is wonderful to see our communities pulling together to support this event and to celebrate our city's Irish heritage”.

The festival and parade are organised by the Birmingham St Patrick's Festival Committee, with support from Birmingham City Council and other sponsors.  For more information call 0121 634 1542 or go to www.stpatricksbirmingham.com

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Media contact: Jason Lewis 0121 303 4266,  Mobile (on the day of the parade) - 07766 923352 jason.lewis@birmingham.gov.uk

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