St Patrick’s Day Parade 2024 in Birmingham: The road closures in place for parade & bus and rail changes

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St Patrick's Day will mark the Birmingham parade's 50th anniversary and will be the first to travel through the Irish quarter of Digbeth in over four years

St Patrick's Day is nearly upon us with pubs and venues set to be busy as people head out to celebrate the day with plenty of pints of Guinness likely to be poured across the city.

In Birmingham, it’s the first time in four years that the annual celebration has been held in the Irish Quarter since the last one was cancelled due to the pandemic in 2019. Last year a smaller event was held in Cannon Hill Park

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This year’s Birmingham St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on the day itself - Sunday, March 17. The celebrations will follow tradition and begin with mass at St Anne’s Church on Bradford Street at 10am.

With the tramlines now in place along Digbeth High Street the Parade route will be different to other years. The parade itself will begin at noon at the Camp Hill Island side of Bradford Street. It will continue up Bradford Street, past St Anne’s and the White Swan pub, until it reaches the end of Bradford Street at Rea Street near Digbeth Coach Station.

Will road closures be in place?

As mentioned, Birmingham Irish Association are organising the parade which will travel along a route starting at Camp Hill, along Bradford Street and finishing at Rea Street in Digbeth.

Road closures will be implemented along the above route as well as side roads from early morning. The parade sets off at 12pm and is scheduled to end approximately at 2pm. Transport for West Midlands said the roads are likely to be reopened late afternoon, with normal traffic operations returning shortly after.

Roads closed during the parade:

  • Camp Hill
  • Bradford Street
  • Rea Street
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Bus, Metro & Rail impact


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National Express West Midlands bus services 2, 3, 4, 4A ,5, 6 and 50 will be subject to diversion from the start of service until the routes have re-opened. Buses will divert from Camp Hill Circus via Bordesley Middleway, Coventry Road, Digbeth High Street, and Moat Lane to rejoin the normal line of route. 

You can find detailed diversion route, here.

Diamond 50 bus service will also be following the dedicated diversion.


Buses currently replace trains between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton due to repairs to a landslip, this will impacting some onward services to Birmingham New Street with Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales and West Midlands Railway 

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