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St Patricks Day Parade


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March 16, 2014
12:00 pmto5:00 pm
12:00 pmto5:00 pm

This years St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 16th March 2014 and will be the main feature of celebrations enjoyed by the city’s strong Irish community.

The highlight of the festivities starts at 12 noon with a confetti blast to start the parade. The theme this year is Irish Myths and Legends. 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.

The parade – which is organised by the St Patrick’s Festival Committee in co-operation with the City Council’s Events Section, will this year include a Dragon, Pipe and Drum Bands, along with vintage motorbikes, classic cars and Willie “Fergus” Finnegans massed tractors plus many decorated floats.

The parade form up area will be at Camp Hill (top of Digbeth High Street) and will set off at approximately 12.00noon. proceed along Deritend on the out of city carriageway into Digbeth High Street, it will proceed along Digbeth, then left into St Martins Lane and proceed back down Moat Lane where it will turn left back onto Digbeth on the inner city carriageway. At the Alcester Street junction floats will proceed towards Camp Hill with marching bands turning into Alcester Street. The parade will finish at approximately 2.00pm.

An area around the Irish Centre consisting of Bradford Street, Birchall Street, Chapel House, Stoneyard, and Green Street will be closed to traffic. An Irish Market and food units will be located in Birchall Street and Chapel House. Children’s rides and inflatables will be in Bradford Street. A children’s area will be in Stone Yard.

A road closure plan will be implemented throughout the day. Road Closures will be implemented at 6.00am with Digbeth High Street being re-opened by 4.00pm. Closures around the Irish Centre will be lifted at 6.00pm.

In addition to the St Patrick’s Day activities this year the Custard Factory will be turned into the Emerald Village, showcasing the best of Birmingham’s Irish Culture through food, drinks and live music. The stage in the car park will run from 11am – 6pm, and will include street food offerings, bar area and live music.

The Gibb Street area of the Custard Factory will form part of the Emerald Village and will be a dedicated family zone. The area will include craft stalls along Gibb Street and catering stalls including a waffle bar & hog roast.

The Family Zone area will run from 11am – 4pm, and will include entertainment for children including inflatables and magician, the Old Library will be open to families for tea.

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: www.stpatricksbirmingham.com

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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