Could this be the last St Patrick’s Parade for Birmingham?
Fears casting doubts over the future of one of the biggest parades in England will not deter revellers this month with the return of the much-loved festival.
The Birmingham St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on March 15 and is expecting its largest crowd ever.
Established in 1996, Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Festival has grown in epic proportions and is the regional hub for the promotion of Irish culture in Birmingham and across the West Midlands.
Council funding cuts were the foundation of fears that this year’s Parade may well be the city’s last and spurred the ‘SaveStPats’ campaign.
Each Parade costs over £70,000 and council funding went towards covering the costs of essential services, such as road closures, barriers, street cleaning, toilets, First Aid and security.
So as proud Irish people dust off their flags, county jerseys, wigs and whistles in preparation for the celebration, Parade goers are urged to dig deep and give a pound to bucket collections on the day.
In the face of adversity, the generosity of this community has always shone through and I expect that this event will be no different, however if 2015 sees the last of the St Patrick celebrations in Birmingham, it will certainly go out with a bang!
See our centre pages for a guide to the Parade and the Festival.
To donate go to www.savestpats.co.uk and for more information visit: http://stpatricksbirmingham.com
Did you know?
St. Patrick’s Day is not just a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It is also a holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, and in Montserrat in the West Indies.