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St Patricks Day Parade


March 15, 2015
11:00 amto5:00 pm

This years St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 15th March 2015 and will be the main feature of celebrations enjoyed by the city’s strong Irish community.


Everyone loves a parade – but especially the Irish. Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Parade goes back to 1952 and was the first in Britain. It was originally started by the community to reinforce their identity and ensure their strong links with the home country. The parade has taken place in Digbeth since 1996 and has since grown enormously in stature.

2015 promises to be better than ever.  Whilst being unmistakably Irish at the core, the Parade increasingly mirrors the fantastic diversity of our ethnicities as we welcome guest appearances from other communities. What could be more Irish than extending hospitality?

As the anticipation of the huge crowds grow at the start of the parade it’s an emotive thought that in these times of financial uncertainty nothing stops a community demonstrating its devotion to each other and collective spirit of will. With  the whoosh of the confetti blast and the initial hum of the first bagpipe and  striking of the drums, the parade will start it’s life-affirming beat as it meanders through the parade area, safe in the knowledge that this tradition will start every parade for hundreds of years to come – regardless of what challenges may lay ahead.


There is currently no designated disabled viewing area, though we are looking into this with the council.  As a failsafe, the further up Digbeth High St you go towards Camp Hill, the more room there is – though remember to check on parking options well in advance.


Parade Day can get hectic for drivers so be careful where you park. Wheel clampers operate on private land around Digbeth and many sites are prohibited from parking. Look out for signs warning of wheel clamping and vehicle towing, they may be high up or obscured. There’s no such thing as a free parking space in the City Centre.

If you are going to park in a private Pay & Display car park, make sure you:
- Pay for sufficient time to cover your visit.
- Display your ticket clearly in your windscreen, the correct way up, so that it can be read.
- Park within the marked bay.
- Do not park in spaces marked as ‘Reserved’.
- Do not park in spaces designated for the disabled, unless you have a valid blue badge clearly on display.
- Check the terms and conditions carefully on the signs.


The highlight of the festivities starts at 12 noon with a confetti blast.  The 2014 theme was Irish Myths and Legends.  led by an Olliphoist, an Irish Dragon. The legend goes that after St Patrick had rid ireland of snakes he turned his attention to dragons. Knowing his fate the great Olliphoist fled ireland with great haste, and in doing so carved out with his tail the Shannon.

Munster will be the leading Province in 2015. followed by  Irish Pipes and Drums Band plus five other marching bands. We have already been contacted by 3 pipe bands from Ireland who hope to join us next year.

2014 saw An Lochrann Linn Brass Band from Carrickmacross join the Parade.. It was mainly made up of teenagers and they had a great time. They visited the West Midlands Safari Park as well as attractions in Birmingham.

The Irish Prison Service Pipe Band from Dublin also came over and won the Marching Band Competition. They wrote a glowing report of Birmingham’s St Patrick’s  Fetivities.

  The Lord Mayor Mike Leddy, who has Irish roots in Dublin and the West of Ireland, together with his wife Pauline, the Lady Mayoress were our guests on the open top lead bus.which had, floats, walking groups, tractors, scooters, vintage cars and much more following in its wake. There are countless stories from every county in ireland about mythical creatures, giants and heroes, not to mention ‘the little people’ and the crock of gold at the end of the rainbow.  All were well represented. The Children of Lir, depicted by a local primary school looked spectacular.

Everyone is invited to join in the fun and celebrate. Please note there will be traffic diversions in place  some highlighted above for further details and information visit:

Birmingham Resilience Team will also be attending and providing advice and information on being more prepared for emergencies as well as signing up to Birmingham Community Alert.


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