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Birmingham’s oldest pub plans a week of St Patrick’s Day festivities

For the fourth year running, Birmingham’s oldest pub, The Old Crown, is planning to hold St Patrick’s Day festivities. St Patrick’s Day is on Tuesday 17 March; however, The Old Crown will be celebrating all week.

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Fundraising parade

One of the key events will be a fundraiser aimed specifically at raising funds for the parade. Ticket holders will get to see the Irish group Goats Don’t Shave, which is booked to perform, and fans will get to hear some well-known Irish tunes at the gig that takes place on Saturday 14 March. The concert will coincide with the Six Nations rugby, which sees France take on Ireland. The band first performed at The Old Crown in 1990 and has released five singles, including The Hills of Donegal and Kas Vegas, and has built up a large and loyal following.

The owners of The Old Crown have also donated funds to the organisers of the parade after a key sponsor pulled out. The parade is seen by many as the highlight of the week, with people travelling many miles to attend.

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The parade

The parade takes place on Sunday 15 March and is the third-largest in the world. After the parade, the main event will be in The Old Crown garden marquee for a day of music. The line-up will feature several musicians and bands and – of course – a lot of Guinness is expected to be drunk; aptly, Guinness is supporting the event.

Washington has long celebrated St Patrick’s Day and plans for this year’s celebrations are going ahead despite the political campaigning, according to the Irish Times.

Anyone looking for St Patricks Day gifts for friends and family can shop online. They will find lots of St Patricks Day gift ideas, such as traditional clothing, jewellery and confectionery.

Friday 13 March

On Friday 13 March, there will be music celebrating both Queen and Fleetwood Mac. This will take place in the pub’s large outdoor space. The line-up includes DJs, performers, dancers and special effects, and is expected to go on late into the evening.

History of The Old Crown

This Grade II listed building was built in 1368 and has undergone extensive renovation while ensuring the fireplace and other original features are protected.