St Patrick’s Festival 2016 – This weekend!

When: Sunday 13th March, 12:00 onwards
Where: various locations in Digbeth

We knew it was going to be big, but by Jove, the St Patrick’s Festival organisers have done it again and surpassed themselves this year!

From a photography exhibition at Pop Up Digbeth in the Custard Factory on until Monday 14th March, to the Parade itself turning Digbeth green from 12:00 until 14:00 on Sunday 13th March, there is just so much entertainment this weekend!

As per usual, Digbeth Residents Association will be walking in the parade, so make sure to line the streets and wave as they walk past! If you’d like to take part in the parade and join the walking group, just pop an email over to contact@mydigbeth.co.uk – everyone is welcome!

See below for a map of the parade route:

As in previous years, there will be many road closures to ensure a safe parade, but if residents need access to closed roads, please read the letter here for more information about how to request a pass (reproduced below). And please do not leave your car parked on the road this Saturday night!

Taking over the Bradford Street car park at the heart of the celebrations will be the Emerald Village, bringing a mix of arts and crafts traders, traditional Irish music lessons, a pony petting area, along with street food heavyweights. Digbeth Dining Club will also have a host of food on offer on Lower Trinity Street from 11:00-18:00 to help soak up all that Irish spirit! See here for more details.

At the Emerald Village and back by popular demand is the St Pat Rocks stage, with performances from favourites Pat Breslin, LAMPA, Reel Note Ceili Band, De Kelten, Risca and more. The live music continues at ShamRocks Festival over on the Zellig car park, boasting bands such as Celtic Affair, The Father Teds and more.

And if that wasn’t enough, although drinking is not entirely necessary at the St Patrick’s Festival, the Birmingham Mail have put together a perfect pub crawl through Digbeth here, and we whole-heartedly approve. You may struggle to get into all these places this weekend, but you can always come back another day!

To see more about the parade, watch a video from last year’s outing below, or click on the Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival website here.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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