Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival announces dates and theme

Birmingham St Patricks Festival

Birmingham St Patricks Festival

The Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival committee are pleased to announce that this year’s parade will be taking place on Sunday 16th March 2014.

With the planning for the annual festival well underway, the theme for this year’s event will be ‘Irish Myths and Legends’. As is tradition, the parade will take place from 12pm throughout the spiritual home of the Irish in Birmingham, Digbeth, with a variety of events taking place throughout the week leading up to the parade.

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day has a long history in Birmingham and the parade is now recognised as the third biggest in the world. The iconic festival is organised by volunteers from the Irish community in Birmingham and it is expected that more than 85,000 people will visit the city to take part in the celebratory event.

This year the parade organisers are looking forward to working closely with communities and organisations across the UK’s second city to celebrate Irish culture, customs and heritage. Spectators can expect to see well-known characters and themes from Irish Myths and Legends, including The Children of Lir and The Pot of Gold – stories that will hold a place in the hearts of many across the country.

Anne Tighe, Director of the Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival board explains this year’s theme and what attendees can expect for St Patrick’s Day 2014:

“We are very excited for this years celebrations. Each and every year we hope to grow and build on the previous achievements, which is only possible thanks to the continuing support from the community. We are also very thankful for the support from Birmingham City Council, the Irish ESP grant, South and City College Birmingham and the invaluable partnership with Irish in Birmingham.

Birmingham St Patricks Festival

Birmingham St Patricks Festival

“We feel this years theme, Irish Myths and Legends, will appeal to everyone on some level, whether they have grown up hearing the stories, or are now reading them to their own children, people of all ages can relate to it.

“We are really looking forward to seeing it all come to life on the day and continuing to celebrate the positive effect the Irish have had in Birmingham. The parade could not happen without the support of the community which is why we are always in need of volunteers and fundraising events to support it.”

The Birmingham St Patrick’s celebration will begin with a VIP launch event on Friday 7th March. A VIP drinks reception will take place at The Old Crown pub in Digbeth at 7pm and attendees will be invited to enjoy a sit down meal at The Old Library in The Custard Factory, Digbeth. Tickets for the VIP launch event are £10 and available from Anne Tighe. Please contact 07887870919 or email annetighe@hotmail.co.uk.

Being involved in such an important calendar event is always a fun and rewarding experience and the success of the festival depends on the support from volunteers. There are a variety of opportunities to get involved this year and submissions are now open for volunteers on the day, floats, bands and artists; anyone wishing to take part in this years Birmingham St Patrick’s Parade and Festival are encouraged to collect a copy of the Submissions and Volunteers form from Irish In Birmingham. Alternatively, forms are available for download from www.stpatricksbirmingham.com or please call Anne Tighe on 07887870919.