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St Patrick's Day parade enjoyed by all

Birmingham has once again successfully hosted celebrations for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade which took place in Digbeth yesterday (Sunday 11 March). 

The day -long celebrations passed off peacefully and no significant arrests were made, with tens of thousands of revellers, families and members of the Irish community enjoying the entertainment in a safe and secure environment.

St Patrick# DayThe St Patrick’s Day parade - one of the largest in the world outside of Ireland - saw police officers, PCSOs and police staff working between 7am and 2am to keep the public safe. 

As well as regular patrols of the area, officers worked closely with licensees by operating restricted entry to premises at certain times so officers and parade organisers were able to quickly re-open arterial routes in and out of Birmingham to enable shoppers and visitors to travel freely across the city.

Inspector Lee Bartram, responsible for policing in Digbeth, said: "Thanks to our work with partner agencies, licensees and the event organisers, we have had yet another successful parade.

"Lots of work has gone into planning this event and officers worked extremely hard during the parade to keep people safe. 

“I’m extremely proud of our excellent working relationship with the event organisers, partner agencies and the local community, the day was enjoyed by all and was a pleasure to be involved in."