Save The Birmingham St Patrick’s Parade!

THE BIRMINGHAM ST PATRICK'S PARADE AND FESTIVAL IS IN TROUBLE AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Following on from the announcement  that Kiely Bros Ltd are no longer able to financially support the Birmingham St. Patricks Parade, the future of the city’s much-loved celebration of Birmingham and Irish culture is now uncertain.

The Birmingham St Patrick’s Parade was once supported by the City Council, however, in 2014 due to cuts from central government the Council were forced to cut spending by £300m, resulting in the withdrawal of support to public events.

Thankfully Kiely Bros Ltd stepped in and offered the vital funding to ensure that the parade could continue, and then continued to be the proud headline sponsors for 2 years running.

However, last week the parade committee were regretfully informed that Kiely Bros Ltd were unable to continue their financial support, which has had a devastating impact on the Birmingham St Patrick's Parade and puts its future in doubt .

The legendary Birmingham St Patrick's Parade goes back to 1952 and was the first in Britain. The Festival still draws in crowds from far and wide, welcoming over 100,000 people from around the world to The Irish Quarter, to celebrate what it is now the THIRD largest Irish parade in the WORLD.

What's important to remember is the event is not organised by Birmingham City Council- it's organised entirely by volunteers in Birmingham’s Irish community. As long as we still have the support of the community and the hardworking team that volunteer their free time we hope there will ALWAYS be a St Patrick's celebration in Birmingham.

However...

The parade that we know and love costs over £90,000. With the loss of our headline sponsor, the future of the parade is in trouble and we need your support today more than ever.

Every year money is tight. We always want to put on an event that's worthy of the city and the community, here are just a few essentials that we must raise money towards:

● 37 staffed road closures
● On-site field hospital
● Security
● Counter terrorism measures
● Toilets
● Digbeth-wide street cleaning before and after the event
● Bins & refuse removal
● Miles of barriers
● PRS Licensing
● PPL Licensing
The above costings are just scratching the surface. This doesn't include the artist and band fees for the entire festival, staging and sound equipment, hiring a Carnival Artist to visit schools in Birmingham and materials used to produce their wonderful carnival outfits, float hire, street decorations, fencing, licensing,insurance policies, advertising, producing the Festival brochure, printing costs and hospitality for distinguished guests and dignitaries.

But we've always made it work and we hope with your support we will be able to continue the work of those that have gone before us. With your help, we’re sure the Birmingham St Patrick's Parade will continue for hundreds of years to come.

It's up to us all to save the parade!

For updates please visit the website, or follow us on Twitter @BhamStPats or Facebook 

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  • Eddie Falahee  
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  • Julie Williams  
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St Patrick’s Birmingham 
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Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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