St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Birmingham: organisers announce major update

St Patrick’s Weekend is back for 2022 - with major changes

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The annual St Patrick’s Day Festival was last held in 2019. It is one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day festivals in the world and one of Birmingham’s biggest community celebrations.

A major part of the Festival is the iconic parade along Digbeth High Street featuring Irish dancers, county marching bands, flags, banners and a host of floats celebrating the contribution that the community has made to Birmingham.

But due to the huge regeneration work around Digbeth, including the High Street, the parade will not be taking place this year.

In its place will be a calendar of exciting events across Digbeth.

St Patrick’s Day Parade BirminghamSt Patrick’s Day Parade Birmingham
St Patrick’s Day Parade Birmingham

Organisers say: “The  Festival week will include live music gigs, concerts and traditional Irish sessions, as well as  whiskey and beer tasting, history talks and storytelling evenings, alongside special events  involving Irish dance and sport, warming you up for the main event.“

Here’s the lowdown of what’s going on, with more announcements coming soon.

St Patrick’s Festival launch night - March 11

Kicking the festival off on Friday 11th March will be the festival’s hotly-anticipated Launch  Night (an evening of ceol agus craic, accompanied by a fantastic 3-course meal). Venue and ticket details to be revealed. Please check the St Patrick’s Festival Facebook page for updates. Click here: St Patrick’s Festival Birmingham

Irish singer Finbar Furey plays at the St Pat Rock’s stage at the St Patrick’s Festival, BirminghamIrish singer Finbar Furey plays at the St Pat Rock’s stage at the St Patrick’s Festival, Birmingham
Irish singer Finbar Furey plays at the St Pat Rock’s stage at the St Patrick’s Festival, Birmingham

St Pat Rock’s stage at the Zellig and the Custard Factory - March 13

A highlight of the festival for many years how starring some of the best know Irish singing stars, including  Finbar Furey and Sharon Shannon.

The headliners have not yet been announced, but we’ll let you know any news as soon as we hear.

A range of the city’s best local bands will also be returning the stage. A range of Birmingham’s best street food will also be served to add to the entertainment. For updates check the festival Facebook page. Click here: St Patrick’s Festival Birmingham

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St Patrick’s Festival, Birmingham

A final word from the organisers….

“After a two-year hiatus, St Pat’s Fest looks forward to welcoming our Irish community, both  in Birmingham and further afield, along with our friends across the city, to enjoy a well deserved celebration of what it means to be Brummie, and how it feels to be Irish.”

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