No one in the country can throw a St Patrick’s Day Parade like they do in Birmingham. At its peak, over 80,000 people used to attend – making it the third biggest St Patrick’s Parade in the world – but March hasn’t been the same in recent years. First, there was COVID, then came the roadworks, and for the last four years, there’s been no parade in Brum.
But pour a Guinness and don some of your greenest garbs. Finally, we can happily say that Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will return in 2024. Announced over the weekend at Pairc Festival (the biggest Irish Music Festival in the UK), it will paint the streets of Digbeth green once again on Sunday, March 17, 2024 (St Patrick’s Day).
“For those who joined us at Pairc Festival over the weekend you will have heard the tremendous news that the Birmingham St. Patrick’s Parade will return to Digbeth next year and will take place on St. Patrick’s Day March 17th 2024,” read a post on St Patrick’s Festival Birmingham Facebook page.
“The Birmingham Irish Association are so pleased to bring back our well-loved Parade and this year we will be supported by the launch of Pairc Festival at the Parade! We will be releasing more information about the parade as we move closer to the event which will be shared via social media and our website, and hope to see you all to celebrate with us next year!”
There are few details as of yet, but we’re sure the whole of Digneth will be getting involved with this iconic event. Over the last few years, Birmingham’s oldest pub, The Old Crown, filled the void with St Patrick’s Day events – paying tribute to Birmingham’s rich Irish heritage. So we only hope they remain involved in the celebrations.