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Thousands attend Birmingham's St Patrick's Day parade

St Patrick's Day parade in Birmingham
Image caption The event was described as having a "real party atmosphere"

More than 85,000 people turned out for this year's St Patrick's Day parade in Birmingham, organisers said.

The event, which included floats and marching bands, started in Camp Hill, passed through Digbeth and ended on Alcester Street.

Vintage motorbikes, classic cars and steam engines were among the attractions.

Festival committee member Andrew Riley said the parade was "extremely successful" and "a real spectacle".

He added: "It's the biggest parade content I think we've ever had, probably stretching over three-quarters-of-a-mile at least.

"Although it's an Irish-focussed event, we've also had a Jamaican drum band, so it reflects the multicultural population in the city."

Mr Riley added the committee was made up of community volunteers who helped to organise the event along with the city council, which provided grants.

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