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BBC WM's Bob Brolly & St. Patrick

BBC WM's Bob Brolly & St. Patrick

St. Patrick's Parade 2009

Tens of thousands lined the streets of Digbeth on Sunday 15th March to watch the world's third largest St. Patrick's Parade. See our photos and video.

Shirley Pipe Band

Shirley Pipe Band

The parade began just after midday when dozens of floats, buses, tractors, bands and community groups set off from Camp Hill.

Digbeth High Street and surrounding roads had been sealed off in preparation for what has become the biggest St. Patrick's Parade outside of New York and Dublin.

As the procession marched down the high street towards the Bullring, thousands caught a glimpse of the attraction that has become an annual tradition in Birmingham since 1996.

In addition to St. Patrick himself, the parade included:

Thousands flock to see the parade

Thousands flock to see the parade

• Horse drawn floats
• Decorated buses
• Themed floats
• Willie 'Fergus' Finnegan and the massed Tractors
• Ten different pipe and drum bands
• The best of the UK's Irish dance schools
• GAA clubs
• The seven flag bearers
• County associations
• Dhol Drummers
• Samba drummers
• Polish community group
• Chinese community group
• West Indian Carnival float

Keep the roads clear!

Keep the roads clear!

BBC WM's Bob Brolly broadcast live from Camp Hill from midday - 2pm. Carl Chinn then took to the airwaves from the BBC WM bus which was parked near the Custard Factory.

All-day entertainment

Once the parade had finished at 2pm, the afternoon's entertainment began in and around Digbeth with a free open-air gig on Bradford Street.

Numerous local bands took to the stage throughout the afternoon, including BBC WM Introducing favourites Scarlet Harlots, The Heathers, The Destroyers and Birmingham-Irish band The Father Teds.

Enjoying the parade

Enjoying the parade

Emerald City also opened its doors for fete-style entertainment with hot food and drink stalls, a kids' disco, strolling magicians and clowns and an indoor market.

To see photos from the day's events, click the link below:

last updated: 18/03/2009 at 11:56
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