St Patrick’s Parade, Birmingham

April 14th, 2011

Last month I was asked if I would like to be one of the photographers covering the Saint Patrick’s Parade in Birmingham, which is one of the largest in the world.

It was a fantastic day – early rain giving way to bright sunshine by the time I arrived at the Irish Centre in Digbeth High Street and then made my way to the top of the hill where the floats were due to start.

Once there, I managed to wheedle my way on to one of the floats: one which was run by the tourist board of Montserrat as their patron saint is also Saint Patrick, and I was able to get a great view of the crowds.

I obviously took far too many shots to add to the galleries, but here are a sample from the day:

Aston Villa mascots, waiting for the start of the parade:

Saint Patrick's Parade, Birmingham

General crowd shots:
four hats big smile

After the Parade, I was asked to climb on to the central reservation outside the Irish Centre to watch the marching bands come past:

And finally, I went into the Irish Centre to watch The Ryans and let my partner have a well-earned Guinness! I was surprised by how many people came and asked for their picture to be taken, and I did hand out my card so hopefully someone will see their picture here…
The first image is another of the ladies from the Montserrat float, who kindly came down to the Centre with the monopod that had been left behind at some point!

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