Organisers confirm St Patricks Parade in Birmingham is 'here to stay' after securing new funding

Organisers confirm St Patricks Parade in Birmingham is 'here to stay' after securing new funding

THE organisers of the St Patrick’s Parade in Birmingham have confirmed that the 2020 offering will go ahead as local supporters have stepped in to save the annual event.

In a statement made today (Monday, February 24) the St Patrick’s Festival Birmingham Committee revealed their “pleasure” and “relief” that funders had been found to secure the event for 2020.

Its future had hung in the balance in recent weeks, after former sponsors Kiely Bros Ltd pulled their financial support for the event last month.

It left the organising committee just weeks to find a replacement sponsor or sponsors to plug the financial hole.

But it seems a number of local organisations have stepped in to help out, meaning the popular event can now go ahead.

The organisers said: “It is with great pleasure (and relief) that we can confirm the Birmingham St Patrick’s Parade, in partnership with Chasetown Civil Engineers and Court Collaboration, will take place Sunday 15th March 2020!”

They added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank and celebrate the generosity of Chasetown Civil Engineers, Court Collaboration, The High Street Group, DP Interiors, A and C Contracts, Peaky Blinders Irish Whiskey, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Tourism Ireland, Birmingham Irish Business Association, The Zellig, Digbeth Estates, and many more who have helped save our parade.”

The event, which will take place on Sunday, March 15, will have the theme The Irish Quarter.

Further information about the event is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The Committee added: “We will be bringing the streets of Digbeth alive with the theme of The Irish Quarter and filling the air with the best of Irish, Birmingham Irish and Birmingham music.

“We can’t wait to reveal all the details. Be sure to tell everyone you know, get tagging and sharing.

“Yell it from the rooftops, the parade is here to stay."