St Patrick’s Day celebrations

2011 Parade through Digbeth Photo:

Birmingham’s St Patricks Parade is the largest in the UK and this year it takes place on the day itself. It was originally started by the community to reinforce their identity.

The parade returned to its original route through Digbeth in 1996 and has grown year on year with an estimated 85,000 people turning up to watch last year.

The festivities begins at midday with the release of 1,000 green balloons before the parade gets underway.

The green balloon release will mark the start of the parade at midday

The parade will make its way along Digbeth High Street as far as the Bullring, then turning back past The Dubliner, The Irish Centre and The Spotted Dog to the finish line.

Spectators will be treated to marching bands and decorated floats amongst other attractions such as classic cars.

The parade which is organised in partnership with Birmingham City Council and St Patrick's Fesitval Committee will finish at 6.00pm.

Pubs will be closing between 4.00pm and 6.00pm in agreement with police. More information can be found here.

Road access in the area will be restricted, road closures are as follows:

** 6am to 4.30pm**

Upper Dean Street - Pershore Street - Moat Lane

Bradford Street - Barford Street

Rea Street - Bradford Street

Alcester Road, Moseley Road - Cheapside

Broom Street - Ravenhurst Street

Camp Hill - Camphill Circus

Bradford Street - Camp Hill

Camp Hill - Old Camp Hill

Clyde Street - Digbeth High Street

Coventry Road, Upper Trinity Street - Bedford Street

Adderley Street, Heath Mill Lane - Upper Trinity Street

Gibb Street - Digbeth

Floodgate Street, Milk Street - Moore’s Row

Oxford Street, Allison Street, Meridan Street - Coventry Street

Digbeth - across from the Bull Ring car park

Park Street - Moor Street

Floodgate Street - Digbeth

6am to 6pm

Bradford Street - Rea Street

Bradford Street, Green Street - Alcester Street

Birchall Street, Lombard Street - Moseley Street

Chapel House Lane, Stone Yard - Digbeth