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!

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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1 Response

  1. Andy Mabbett says:

    Green is a particularly inappropriate colour for an event that includes a mass balloon release. Balloon releases are harmful to the environment, to wildlife and to domestic animals, as I outline in this article:

    http://birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=1490

    Even biodegradable balloons can last – and do harm – for a year or more.

    Organisations who oppose balloon releases include the Marine Conservation Society, the RSPB, the RSPCA, the National Farmers’ Union, the Shark Trust, the Tidy Britain Group, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Scottish Natural Heritage, Tidy Wales, Tidy Northern Ireland, Clean Cornwall, county bird clubs, various Wildlife Trusts, the Bumblebee Trust, The Soil Association, The Waterways Trust, several local councils and others.

    Organisations who ask their staff and supporters not to do them include The British Legion, The Terence Higgins Trust, The Alzheimer’s Society, and more, plus companies including Sainsbury’s, Aviva, TGI Fridays, M&S and Barclays. The Guinness Book of World Records no longer recognize balloon release records “precisely because of environmental concerns”.