Birmingham Welcomes Back St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Birmingham is set to come alive today as the St. Patrick’s Day parade returns to the city for the first time in five years. This year’s parade also marks its 50th anniversary in Birmingham, promising a special celebration for attendees.

After being put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing roadworks in Digbeth, the parade is finally back to delight the city. Originating in 1952, the event has historically drawn crowds of up to 80,000 people who gather to enjoy Irish dancing, sports, and various activities.

One of the highlights of this year’s parade will be a tribute to Shane McGowan, the lead singer of The Pogues, who passed away last year. Rory Murray, a member of the festival committee, emphasized that the event is open to everyone, regardless of age, and will feature live music, delicious food, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

The festivities are set to kick off at midday with the parade weaving through the city center. It is expected to be a lively and vibrant event celebrating various aspects of Irish culture. Attendees can look forward to a day filled with entertainment and community spirit.

Whether you’re a long-time fan of the St. Patrick’s Day parade or a first-time attendee, this year’s celebration is sure to be a memorable one. So come join in the fun and experience the magic of this beloved Birmingham tradition.