Around 80,000 people braved the wintry weather in Birmingham yesterday to enjoy the city's 11th annual St Patrick's Day parade.

Hundreds of traditional Irish dancers, marching bands and 40 floats took part in the parade, which has become one of the largest anywhere in the world.

The floats included bars, a church and a mill complete with donkey and cart on the back of a lorry.

Kate Barry, chair of the Birmingham St Patrick's Day Festival Committee, said: "The Birmingham parade is the largest community festival in the city and brings together people from a variety of backgrounds to celebrate Irish culture.

"This year we have had a number of school groups undertaking projects in the lead up to the parade that have resulted in them producing costumes for today and contributing to the spectacle."

St Patrick's Day is on Friday this year, However, Birmingham's parade is always held on the Sunday before.