The Birmingham St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade organising team are thrilled to confirm the parade will take place Sunday 15th March thanks to investment from local construction companies and city developers.
Two key construction companies and developers in the city have joined forces to pledge financial support for the city’s biggest community-led outdoor event, Chasetown Civil Engineers and Court Collaboration, who were both announced today as the official partners of the Birmingham St. Patrick’s Parade.
The substantial contribution comes in the wake of recent public and civic concerns around the future of St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade, and thanks to many businesses and individuals from the community coming forward, the organising team are happy to announce the future of the much-loved community is secure for another year.
Speaking about the announcement, festival chair Peter Connolly said, “We are hugely grateful and incredibly pleased to be able to confirm Chasetown and Court Collaboration as our partners for the 2020 edition of St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade in Birmingham, following real worries that this year would not take place owing to financial limitations and lack of funding available to meet the requirements of an event that attracts up to 100,000 revellers.”
“Thanks to the generosity, vision and sheer determination of our sponsors, we are now pulling together our artistic, operational and community teams to ensure yet another brilliant, safe and world-class festival experience that all communities have come to expect on St. Patrick’s Day.”
Taking place on Sunday 15th March, the Birmingham St. Patrick’s Parade in partnership with Chasetown and Court Collaboration, will bring to life this year’s theme titled ‘The Irish Quarter’; a theme which is more fitting than ever given today’s announcement and will pay homage to the contribution Irish workers made to the rebuilding of Birmingham in the post-War period and the ongoing development of Digbeth.
Chasetown Civil Engineering, based in Staffordshire, who already play an active role in the local area, having facilitated the construction of a new Catholic Church, maintenance of local primary schools, local football club sponsorship and much more, have now have come forward to ensure the St Patrick’s Parade in Birmingham continues.
Noel Sweeney, founder of Chasetown Civil Engineering, said:
“We came forward to ensure that an event, which means so much to so many, could continue. The St. Patrick’s Parade in Birmingham has been a long-standing tradition and celebrates the work of many that have gone before us. Personally, it means a great deal to us, and we are proud to be partners of this years edition. We hope everyone comes out to support and celebrate their Irish heritage and the culture of Birmingham with us this year.”
Court Collaboration, a Birmingham based residential development company, who are about to add a new Digbeth development to their already impressive portfolio, said:
“We are proud to be announced as partners of The Birmingham St. Patrick’s Parade today.
We believe that property isn’t about bricks and mortar, it’s about people, and naturally when we heard the future of the parade was at risk we wanted to ensure that the city’s biggest celebration could continue.
We now look forward to seeing the streets of Digbeth come to life in a sea of green to celebrate Irish and Birmingham.”
The organisers of the St. Patrick’s Festival Birmingham also announces supporting sponsors High Street Group, Oval, DP Interiors, Peaky Blinders Irish Whiskey, Nissan Walsh, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Tourism Ireland, Birmingham Irish Business Association, Zellig, Mark Ponsonby and many more.
The Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival and Parade will begin with the Official Launch Party at Holiday Inn Smallbrook Queensway, on Friday 6thrd March 2020, followed by the festival events and activity throughout the city leading up to parade day.
Tickets for the Official Launch Party are now available to purchase at www.stpatricksbirmingham.com