Plans for 2015 Birmingham St Patrick’s Day Parade

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It has been revealed that the Irish community’s contribution to Birmingham will be the theme for the 2015 St Patrick’s Day Parade in the city.

The event will take place on Sunday March 15 in its customary Digbeth location, which marks the spiritual home of the Irish in Birmingham.

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day has a long-standing history in Birmingham, with the revived parade now recognised as the third largest in the world outside of those in Dublin and New York.

Last year’s event, which was blessed with glorious spring sunshine, saw around 90,000 people descend on Digbeth for the day.

With this year’s theme relating to the journey of the Irish in Birmingham, there will a specially curated exhibition displaying the journey of the Irish in the city. It will take place during the week leading up to parade day.

Other events being organised as part of the St Patrick’s Festival will see many of Birmingham’s venues and public spaces taken over throughout the month of March, highlighting the contribution the Irish have made – and are still making – in the city.

Organisers are calling on the help of the local community to share their memories, stories and images to form part of the exhibition and help tell the story of the Irish in Birmingham.

As always, the parade and the festival that takes place around it, will continue to rely on enthusiastic volunteers from the Irish community to step forward and ensure everything runs smoothly.

Anne Tighe, head of the Birmingham St Patrick’s Day Festival organising team, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer a celebration of Irish heritage each year and it is of the utmost importance that we can recruit volunteers to help out on parade day.

“We would not be able to present the parade at the required level of safety standards without the huge support given by the local community and Birmingham City Council’s events team.”

“There are a variety of roles to get involved in, from float section stewards who make sure that nobody gets on and off a float during the parade, to decoration volunteers and children’s area assistants.”

Anyone wishing to take part in this year’s St Patrick’s Parade and Festival are encouraged to contact Anne on 0121 772 3822 or visit http://stpatricksbirmingham.com to download a copy of the registration forms.