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The Birmingham St. Patrick’s Parade Returns to Digbeth with the theme Irish Myths and Legends to Celebrate its 50th Anniversary!

Under the new custodianship of Birmingham Irish Association the much-anticipated Birmingham St. Patrick’s Parade returns to the spiritual home of the Irish in Birmingham, Digbeth for the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebration.

This year is especially significant as the parade will not only happen on March 17th, on St Patrick’s Day itself but also marks the 50th anniversary since its inception back in 1952. 

The resurgence of the Birmingham St Patrick’s Parade, after a four-year break is a testament to the resilience and vibrancy of the community spirit, and organisers look forward to celebrating the diverse heritage of the city with walking groups, and floats who will explore the theme of “Irish Myths and Legends.” 

Event Details:

  • Sunday 17th March
  • Time: Commences at 12pm – Finishing at 2pm.
  • Location: Starting in Digbeth, Birmingham. 
  • Theme: “Irish Myths and Legends,” in celebration of the parade’s 50th year.

The organising committee will begin festivities with a civic reception on Friday 15th  March, at the Council House, in partnership with Irish Ferries and Irish Post, and will bring together local businesses, stakeholders, Embassy officials, and representatives from the Birmingham Irish community.

The parade organisers wish to express their gratitude to the local businesses, stakeholders and community, whose financial support has been invaluable.  Special thanks go to Tourism Ireland, a longstanding and returning supporter of the parade. Dandara, whose generous backing has enabled six charitable organisations and school walking groups to participate in this year’s parade, and anyone who has donated to the Just Giving page. 

The city’s well loved parade promises a celebration like no other, as it brings the theme of “Irish Myths and Legends” to life. Spectators can enjoy a procession of floats from Midland Vintage Scooters, the West Midlands Fire Service Float & Pipe Band, Vintage Tractors, GAA Clubs. Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School as well as South and City College who generously donated a bus to the parade for participants that are unable to walk the route. 

Spectators can also enjoy a number of walking groups from the Birmingham Irish Heritage Group, West Midlands Peaky Blinder Group, Pat Benson Boxing Academy and the Birmingham Irish Association Ramblers group as well as a number of local schools.

Including Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, SS John and Monica Catholic Primary School, St Alban’s Catholic Primary School, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, St Catherine of Siena Catholic Primary School, St Dunstan’s Catholic Primary School, St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, St Jude’s Catholic Primary School, St Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

A cross-cultural celebration, the parade will also be joined by Samba bands, the Chinese Community Centre and local Birmingham Irish dancing schools, all coming together to celebrate the parade’s golden anniversary.

The parade is also working closely with West Midlands Police to ensure that the parade is a safe, secure and enjoyable event for families. Officers will be on hand with information about the Project Servator scheme and will be happy to talk to the public about Project Servator and answer any questions they may have.

A New Chapter with the Birmingham Irish Association:

The Birmingham Irish Association, the new stewards of the parade, are eager to embark on this journey.  Maurice Mallone, a representative from the association shared;

 “It’s an honour to carry forward the legacy of the Birmingham St. Patrick’s Parade. This year, as we delve into ‘Irish Myths and Legends,’ we celebrate not only the stories of our past but also the collective spirit and future of our community. 

We’re incredibly thankful for the support from local businesses and organisations like Tourism Ireland, Dandara and The Clayton Hotel, whose contributions have been crucial in supporting the return of the parade.”