Birmingham will be holding its main St Patrick's Day celebrations on Sunday, March 17.

The celebrations will see Birmingham's Irish Quarter - in Digbeth - turned into a sea of green.

Tens of thousands of people typically turn out to line the streets as spectators or take part in the programme of events.

The St Patrick's Festival and Parade means road closures in Digbeth.

The festivities will take place on Digbeth High Street and the surrounding area from 11am on Sunday 17 March.

The parade will run from 12:00pm - 2:00pm.

It is anticipated up to 80,000 people will attend the one-day event.

 

Organisers announced that there will first be a St Patrick's Festival Launch Night on Saturday, March 9, at Holiday Inn, Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, from 7.30pm.

Birmingham's celebrations traditionally take place on a weekend near to St Patrick's Day.

For 2019, the St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival will take place on Sunday, March 17.

This means that for the first time in many years, the parade and festival is actually on St Patrick's Day itself.

The parade will be from noon to 2pm along Digbeth High Street. It starts with a confetti blast.

Music will come from the St Pat Rocks Stage in Zellig Car Park, opposite the Irish Centre.

The programme will this year be headlined by singer-songwriter Finbar Furey.

Travelling by bus

There will be route and stop changes from 6am until 5pm for most bus services travelling to and from Digbeth and Birmingham.

There will be changes to the following bus services

  • NXWM 35  will not stop on Moor Street MS1, please use MS4 on Moor Street Queensway.
  • NXWM 50  will not stop on Moor Street MS2, please use MS3 on Moor Street Queensway.
  • NXWM 80 and 80A  will not stop at Station Street NS13, Upper Dean Street MK2, or St Martins Queensway MS4, please use NS9 on Smallbrook Queensway
  • NXWM and Diamond 16 and 16W  will not stop on Station Street NS12 or Markets MK3, please use NS5 on Smallbrook Queensway or MS3 on Moor Street Queensway
  • NXWM 2, 3, 5 & 6 and Johnsons X50   will depart from stop MS7 on Carrs Lane. Moor Street Queensway MS16 and Park Street PA3 will not be in use during the event.
  • NXWM 4 and 4A  will depart from stop MS5 on Carrs Lane.  Moor Street Queensway MS16 and Park Street PA3 will not be in use during the event.
  • NXWM 60, X1 and X2  will depart from Albert Street, High Street instead of Moor Street Queensway MS4
  • NXWM 97   will not stop on Moor Street MS18, please use MS8 on Moor Street Queensway.
 

Travelling by train

All train services are due to run to a normal Sunday timetable.

Please remember to plan ahead and check timetables before you travel as the last service home may be earlier than you think.

Services  from Solihull will be extremely busy so consider catching a train from either Shirley or Birmingham International to travel into the city centre.

The festival is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from both Moor Street and New Street Stations.

Travelling by Metro

The nearest Metro stop is Grand Central which is approximately a 10 minute walk.

Plan your journey and buy tickets on your phone by searching for 'West Midlands Metro' app on  Google Play  and the  App Store.

Walking and cycling

Walking to St Patrick’s Day festival from Birmingham City Centre will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Cars and parking

Road closures will be in place in Digbeth and the surrounding area so public transport will be the best way to enjoy the day.

Which roads are closed?

The 2019 road closures have not been confirmed yet  but all roads leading to Digbeth High Street are expected to be closed to all vehicles without a permit for most of the day from 6.30am.

Last year, organisers advised anyone attending the event as either a parade float, entertainer, street food trader or market trader to have the relevant vehicle registration permits to gain access to the sites after 6.30am.

There was no access granted to any vehicle after 8.30am.

Road closures usually remain in place until they are lifted by police at around 3pm - the roads reopen following the cleanup after the parade so the reopening time could vary.

In 2018, the following roads were closed from 6.30am until approximately 4pm:

Moat Lane, Upper Dean Street, Park Street, Allison Street, Meriden Street, Oxford Street, Milk Street, Floodgate Street, Heath Mill Lane, Adderley Street, High Street Bordesley, Coventry Road, Bedford Road, Camp Hill, Lowe Street, Broom Street, Clyde Street, Warwick Street, Alcester Street, Trinity Terrace, Old Camp Hill and Warner Street.

The following roads were closed until 6pm:

Bradford Street, Green Street, Chapel House Street, Stoney Road and Birchall Street.