Birmingham & Black Country

In Pictures: Birmingham's St Patrick's Day parade

About 60,000 people are estimated to have attended Birmingham's annual St Patrick's parade - here are a selection of photographs from the day.

The parade, which centres around the city's "Irish Quarter" in Digbeth, began with a confetti blast.

Music was central to the event, which featured marching bands and performances from musicians.

There were also activities for youngsters, including face-painting and fairground rides in the Children's Area.

The theme of the event, which is in its 19th year, was the Irish contribution to Birmingham's development.

Balconies at Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre were good viewing points for the crowd.

The colourful parade featured Irish dancers, and vehicles ranging from motorbikes to tractors.

Anne Tighe, from the organising committee, said although numbers were down on last year, there was a "lovely atmosphere" and people seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Celebrations were expected to continue late into the evening, including performances from local bands and musicians

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