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St. Patrick's Day Parade 2024

Ends: 18 March 2024

Last updated: 15 March 2024

What’s happening?

St Patrick's Day returns to the city of Birmingham this year to celebrate Irish culture, music, dance, language and Gaelic sports.

The event, which is scheduled for Sunday 17 March 2024, will mark the parade's 50th anniversary and will be the first to travel through the Irish quarter of Digbeth in over four years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Event Details

Birmingham Irish Association are organising the parade which will travel along a route starting at Camp Hill, along Bradford Street and finishing at Rea Street in Digbeth.

Road closures will be implemented along the above route as well as side roads from early morning. The parade sets off at 12:00 and is scheduled to end approximately at 14:00.

Roads are likely to be reopened late afternoon, with normal traffic operations returning shortly after.

It is important to note that there is the possibility of road closures being extended for longer than planned due to event delays, and those travelling in the area are advised to allow extra time for journeys.

Visit the official St Patrick's Parade website for more information: 

Bus, Metro and Rail impact


National Express West Midlands bus services 2, 3, 4, 4A ,5, 6 and 50 will be subject to diversion from the start of service until the routes have re-opened. you can find detailed diversion route here:

Diamond 50 bus service will also be following the dedicated diversion.


Buses currently replace trains between Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton due to repairs to a landslip, this will impacting some onward services to Birmingham New Street with Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales and West Midlands Railway 

Please note a train replacement bus service will operate for the 08:57 Dorridge to Birmingham Snow Hill train on that day.


From the start of service until 12 noon on Sunday 17 March, there'll be a partial suspension of the Metro service due to planned engineering works.

During this time there'll be no metro service between Edgbaston Village and Black Lake.

A service will operate between Wolverhampton and Black Lake only.

Metro tickets will be accepted on NX Bus 74 & 79, and all NX buses between Colmore Row and Edgbaston Village. Tickets can also be used on West Midlands Railways services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street; and Hawthorns and Snow Hill station.

From midday onwards, a full Sunday service will resume with trams operating every 12 minutes between Wolverhampton Station and Edgbaston Village.

Travel tips

If you are travelling in the area by bus, plan ahead and leave more time for your journey as your journey might be impacted by the diversion route. You can plan your journey using the JourneyPlanner

If your travel is impacted by rail replacement bus service or cancellation of services, please visit National Rail for latest timetable information.

Rail and Metro might be busier than usual as people travel to and from the event. Re-time your journey if you can. Use JourneyPlanner.

Roads will busier than usual. Re-time your journey if you can. Follow the @wmroads Twitter feed for real time traffic updates.

For short trips use Cycling and Walking. Use Cycle. Note the cycle lane on Bradford Street will be closed.

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