The Birmingham St Patrick’s Parade is a long-standing tradition for Digbeth, and 2016 will be extra-special with it being Ireland’s centenary year and also 21 years since the Birmingham event was relaunched.
Although this is the first year the St Patrick’s Parade will not receive any financial support from Birmingham City Council, you can’t keep the Irish down! The committee are determined to make this year just as big and brilliant as years gone by, but the festival needs your support if you want to see it return to Digbeth in 2017.
See how you can help by visiting the website or joining the events below:
AGM and Community Briefing
When: Tuesday 26th January, 19:00
Where: St Anne’s Presbytery, Alcester Street, Digbeth, B12 0PB
The AGM and Community Briefing takes place later this month. Anyone with an interest in learning more, joining the committee, or lending support to the organisation of the Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival is welcome to attend.
Parade Charity Night
Featuring more bands than ever before, all the proceeds from the charity gig night at the Irish Centre will go to supporting the festival.
Tickets are just £10 and are on sale at the Irish Centre Birmingham. Click on the flyer to see a larger version and learn more.
When: Friday 4th March 2016, 20:00
Where: Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street, B2 4JQ
Guests of the official launch party will enjoy a sumptuous meal in the beautiful surroundings of The Macdonald Burlington Hotel, followed by an evening of traditional live music courtesy of The Holy Show Band, and Irish dancing. The event signals the beginning of a week full of St Patrick’s festivities, culminating with the Parade.
Tickets are available by calling Anne on 07887 870 919, or via the website here. Individual tickets or tables of ten are on sale until 25th February 2016, so get in quick!
When: Sunday 13th March 2016, 12:00
Where: High Street Deritend, from Camp Hill to Selfridges, Digbeth
Of course, arguably the highlight of the week is the St Patrick’s Parade! This year’s theme is the Irish Phoenix rising from the flames of diaspora, celebrating the famous Irish spirit, heritage and journey throughout the years.
The fun will continue throughout the day with the return of the St Pat Rocks stage for music performances as well as the Emerald Village – a family area offering fun for the little ones. Make sure to join the event on Facebook to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and updates.