Posts Tagged ‘ St Patrick’s Day Festival

St Patrick’s Parade 2015

When: Sunday 15th March, 12:00
Where: venues all over Digbeth

It’s almost that time of year again, when Digbeth – and indeed Birmingham – turns green for St Patrick’s Day. The parade will be taking place on Sunday, and this year will feature more fringe events than ever before.

With the Irish Contribution to Birmingham being the theme of this year’s parade, the Dome in the Custard Factory is hosting a free exhibition courtesy of the Birmingham Irish Association. The exhibition is open all this week to celebrate the Irish footprint on the city’s history, through archived photographs and accompanying stories.

Digbeth Residents were out in force for the Gala Launch Party that took place at The Macdonald Burlington Hotel on Friday 6th March, and will be walking the traditional parade route to show their support for the Irish community in Digbeth. All residents are invited to join in the parade, and should have received information on road closures in their postboxes.

The St Pat Rocks stage will be the main attraction of the Emerald Village on Bradford Street, playing host to a mix of upcoming local bands and traditional Irish musicians. There will also be family fun in the shape of fairground rides, face painting, and market stalls offering everything from beautiful crafts to street food.

For adults wanting more live music, the Institute is hosting a free daytime gig – click the image above for more information. But if you want a real festival experience, the Rainbow and the Old Crown are taking over with Clover Fields – see the flyer below for more information.

Race Night at Hennessey’s

When: Friday 14th March, 20:00 onwards
Where: Hennessey’s Bar, 30-31 Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5TJ

Hennessey’s will tonight be hosting a Race Night to raise funds for next year’s St Patrick’s Festival.

Many people don’t know that the whole festival only exists because of kind donations from the public, and simply would not happen without their support.

To help the festival organisers, the team at Hennessey’s are offering revellers the chance to sponsor a horse or a race, while enjoying the craic and some bubbly!

It promises to be a great night for sure! For more information, email or call 0121 643 3436.

Welcome to The Emerald Village

When: Sunday 16 March, 11:00-18:00
Where: The Custard Factory, Digbeth
Free Entry

By now, you should know that Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations are almost upon us! As well as the usual variety of fringe events, 2014 will see the inauguration of The Emerald Village in The Custard Factory on parade day.

Two years in the planning, The Emerald Village will be split to offer two distinctly different but equally fantastic celebratory experiences:

The Emerald Garden
Zellig Car Park, Custard Factory (off Digbeth High Street)

The Emerald Garden will be a mini festival for the revellers of the day, boasting:
• A large stage curated and hosted by The Moseley Folk Festival
• Street food vendors including Pietanic, Handmade Burgers, and Bourneville Waffle
• A large bar from The Old Crown, offering craft ales along with the usual selection
• Live art from local street artists

The Emerald Village Family Area
Gibb Street, The Custard Factory

Gibb Street will be transformed into a strict no alcohol zone, offering entertainment for all the family:
• A pop-up restaurant and tea room in The Old Library serving traditional Irish food
• Live busker-stlye music from Trip to Bham Tradfest
• Indoor vintage market from Sutton Vintage Fairs
• Childrens entertainment and musical workshops from Footie Bugs and Creation Station

For more information about Emerald Village line up and activities taking place on the day, visit the website, Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter.

Irish Story-Telling Evening

When: Thursday 13th February, 20:00 onwards
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH

The theme for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, taking place on Sunday 16th March, is Irish Myths and Legends.

To whet your appetites, The Spotted Dog is hosting a story-telling evening this Thursday from 8pm to share Irish myths and legends.

Why not pop along, pick up a complimentary Gaelic coffee, and enjoy hearing familiar stories, or sharing your own?


St. Patrick’s Festival Committee 2014

When: Wednesday 29th January 2014, 19:30 onwards
Where: Hennessey’s Bar, Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5NY

It’s not long to go before Digbeth is painted in a sea of green in the annual St. Patrick’s Festival!

In fact, in less than seven weeks, Digbeth will welcome thousands of people to watch the parade pass through the High Street on Sunday 16th March 2014.

The Birmingham St. Patrick’s Festival Board and Committee would like to invite you to attend a Community Briefing Meeting this Wednesday at Hennessey’s Bar. Make sure to go along to hear how plans are progressing for the 2014 festival, and how you can get involved.

St Patrick’s AGM 2013

When: Wednesday 16 October 2013, 19:30
Where: Hennessey’s, 30-31 Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5TJ

Come and support your festival and parade!

The St Patrick’s Festival AGM takes place on 16 October at Hennessey’s. If you want to be involved in what is believed to be the third largest St Patrick’s celebration in the world, then this is the place you need to be!

The Birmingham St Patrick’s Parade regularly attracts around 80,000 visitors to the streets of Digbeth, but the organising committee need your help and input to make 2014 the best festival yet!

People wishing to stand for election to the Board should submit a resume of their interests and expertise before the 14th October 2013 by email to

DRA at the 2013 St Patrick’s Day Parade

As ever, Digbeth Residents Association was out to support yesterday’s St Patrick’s Day Parade! To see photos from the parade from DRA and other Tweeters, please see the story below.

If you’d like to join in next year’s festivities, please be sure to email, and we’ll ensure to keep you updated!

St Patricks Day 2013

Digbeth Residents Association (DRA) supported the St Patrick’s Day Parade again in 2013. Here is a selection of photos and live tweets from DRA from 17th March 2013.

Storified by Digbeth Residents· Sun, Mar 17 2013 16:15:50

We’re here! #stpatricksbrum Residents
Family fun at the Parade! #stpatricksbrum Residents
RT @levinuk78: The pipers are assembling, it can only be #StPatricksDay in #digbeth #stpatricksbrumDigbeth Residents
DRA member Joe getting into the Irish spirit! #stpatricksbrum Residents
Huge crowds at the Parade! #stpatricksbrum Residents
Residents above Subway go fishing for an #Irish flag! #stpatricksbrum Residents
RT @tattyoldvw: Bit busy earlier! #stpatricksday #digbeth #brum #stpatricksbrumDigbeth Residents
Can you see yourself?! #stpatricksbrum Residents
Support your Birmingham, support your markets! #stpatricksbrum Residents
"RT @tattyoldvw: One for the folks over at @mydigbeth! #digbeth" <- Great photo! Thank you! #stpatricksbrumDigbeth Residents
MT @aftabrahman: The Bangla lads are ready to serve up #Guinness Balti @digbeth @SpotDogDigbeth #stpatricksbrumDigbeth Residents
…and finally a drink in @spotdogdigbeth! Well, it is tradition! #stpatricksbrum Residents

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!

The parade will be coming through Digbeth from 12:00 noon. Make sure to arrive early and grab a good spot to watch the whole procession, and keep your eyes peeled for Digbeth Residents Association!

Despite the signs, Digbeth is not closed, but number of road closures are in place due to the Parade, so please plan your journey carefully.

Digbeth Residents Association hope to tweet live from the Parade route as last year; for updates, make sure to follow DRA and the hashtag #stpatricksbrum. If you want to join in, come along to the start of the Parade route before 12:00 noon at Camp Hill and find the DRA banner!

The Sons and Daughters of Erin: The Irish in Birmingham

When: Thursday 21 March, 18:30-20:00
Where: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (AV Room, Gas Hall)
Tickets: £4 per person (advance booking required)

With the St Patrick’s Festival in full swing, and the Parade taking place in Digbeth this coming Sunday, the Irish in Birmingham are in particular focus this week.

To celebrate and mark St Patrick’s Day, popular Birmingham historian Dr Chris Upton will present a talk on The Sons and Daughters of Erin at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery next Thursday.

Book your tickets through the box office (0121 303 1966) or at As this talk takes place outside of public opening hours, access will be from the Gas Hall and the adjacent lift entrance.

For more information, please email Julia Kirby or Louise Alden.

We’re painting Digbeth green!

Image: Birmingham Mail

It’s Friday, which means only one thing: the weekend is near. And this weekend is unlike any other in the year, as it’s when Birmingham comes together and descends on Digbeth to celebrate all things Irish with the St Patrick’s Festival and Parade!

This year promises to be extra special as it falls on St Patrick’s Day itself. Selfridges will be shining green when Sunday’s festivities start at 11:30, with Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Community Choir taking to the balcony of the store to sing traditional Irish songs. Next, more than 85,000 people are expected line the streets of Digbeth for the Parade, which starts at midday.

While the event promotes Irish community, sports, music and dance groups, the Parade also features representatives from all ethnicities around the world, celebrating the diversity of Birmingham as a multi-cultural city. The St Patrick’s Day Festival is, at its core, a family-friendly event. This year, the organisers will be providing more activities throughout the day to promote the family feel of the day.

Digbeth Residents Association welcomes everyone to come to Digbeth and celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the part of the city we get to call home. If this means frequenting one of our many pubs, then find a spot and get comfortable! West Midlands Police will be posting two officers outside each establishment as a precautionary measure, and from 16:00-18:00 traffic in and out of these venues will be restricted.

If you’d like to join the Parade with DRA, find us holding our banner near the start of the Parade route at Camp Hill before midday on Sunday! Come to Digbeth and be merry, but we ask visitors to be mindful of residents, and appreciate your consideration by keeping litter and noise after 11pm to a minimum please.

For more information about the festival, visit the website here.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit!