NEWS — 31 January 2014

By staff reporter

Following on from the success of previous years, this year’s Birmingham St Patrick’s parade will be taking place on Sunday March 16.

The theme for the event will be ‘Irish Myths and Legends’ – an opportunity for all attendees and spectators to embrace traditional Irish heritage and revisit characters and themes from classic 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 city’s parade is now recognised as the third biggest in the world.  Organised by volunteers from the Irish community in Birmingham, the festival is expected that more than 85,000 people will visit the city to take part in the celebratory event.

This year 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.

Anne Tighe, Director of the Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival board said: “We are very excited for this year’s celebrations. Each year we hope to grow and build on the previous achievements, which is only possible thanks to the continuing support from the community.

“We feel this year’s 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 March 7. 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 (£10) are available from Anne Tighe. Please contact 07887870919 or email annetighe@hotmail.co.uk.

There are a variety of ways to get involved and submissions are now open for volunteers on the day, floats, bands and artists; anyone wishing to take part in this year’s 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 by calling Anne Tighe on 07887870919.

For more, see www.stpatricksbirmingham.com.

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