Warmer weather for St Patrick’s celebrations

By on 15/03/2010 in News

An estimated 80,000 people gathered in Birmingham on Sunday to celebrate the UK's largest annual St Patrick's Day Parade through the streets of Digbeth.

The warmer weather saw crowds pack the streets to watch more than 100 beautifully decorated floats, vintage motorbikes and classic cars parade through the city.  They were joined by over 1,000 people in the walking groups, including traditional pipes and drums, marching bands, dhol drummers, samba bands, Irish dancers and community groups.

Erin-go-bragh picked up the trophy for best float, the best banner prize was won by County Wicklow, best walking group was St Vincent's Catholic Primary School and West Midlands Police won the prize for the best marching, pipe and drum band.  Crowds continued to enjoy the craic throughout the afternoon at the Emerald Fringe in the Custard Factory, and in various venues around the Irish Quarter.

Back by popular demand the St PatROCKS' concert was a resounding success, with music from Velvet Texas Cannonball, The Black Apples, The Carpels and The Father Teds.

Cllr Martin Mullaney said, “The St Patrick's Day Parade is a major feature of Birmingham's events calendar.  Its culturally diverse programme draws communities, families and individuals together in an immensely positive and an extremely entertaining way.”

Kent Davis, St Patrick's Festival Committee spokesperson said, “The five day St Patrick's Festival promises to be the liveliest ever with the very best in Irish entertainment and culture.  Hosted by new and traditional venues across the city there'll be an amazing atmosphere with sights and sounds creating a true Irish spirit right here in Birmingham.”

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


Media contacts
Debbie Harrison (for BCC) on 0121 303 4476  debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk 

Kent Davis
0774 7037821



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  1. Gordon says:

    I read the articles and seen some of the the events for the St.Patrick’s day celebrations and 5 days of Irish cultural and entertainment. I was somewhat disappointed to see that the ST.Georges celebrations on Birmingham’s upcoming events calendar are – well a 5 hour event with a march and – well nothing (to be confirmed one day market and stage).

    Is there any reason for this ?


    • SimonH says:

      Thanks Gordon,

      The St. Patrick’s festival is is organised by the St. Patricks Committee and its volunteers. Their programme includes many of the celebrations in city and the Digbeth area

      The St George’s Day event on 24th April is organised in conjuction with the St Georges Association and there are other celebrations such as the Concert hosted by BBC WM’s Carl Chinn at Symphyony Hall. There is also a smaller five day festival supported by the City Council organised by a group called the Traditional Arts Team and details can be found on http://www.slayingthedragon.org.uk.