Birmingham's Irish community is warming up for a weekend of Guinness, pipes and dancing as the city gears up for its 11th St Patrick's Day Parade Festival.

The craic begins tomorrow with a special ticket-only party at the Paragon Hotel, which will mark the launch of the biggest Irish festival outside Dublin and New York.

On Saturday, traditional Irish dancing comes to Victoria Square for the Reel Around the Fountain event.

Starting at 12pm, the afternoon's entertainment will also include performances from Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums band, Tom Martin, Fola and Tommy Dempsey.

The main focus of the weekend, the annual Birmingham St Patrick's Day Parade, will start at Camp Hill on Sunday at midday after a special mass at St Anne's Church.

The procession will make its way through Digbeth to the Bullring before finishing back on Alcester Street.

There will be road closures across Eastside and Digbeth and the city council is urging people to get to the event early.