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In Pictures: St Patrick's parade

Digbeth, Birmingham

The St Patrick's Day parade in Birmingham is the third largest in the world.

Len Cale as St Patrick

Len Cale, dressed as St Patrick, has helped organise the parade which is only beaten by those in Dublin and New York.

Crowds at St Patrick's Day parade, Birmingham

Tens of thousands of people braved the cold and rain to watch the floats and marchers.

Drinkers at St Patrick's Day parade, Birmingham

Many feel the parade is best viewed when holding a pint of the black stuff.

Pipe band

Traditional Irish music is a key feature of the parade. Eight bands, including two from Ireland, took part.

Dhol Blasters, St Patrick's Day parade

But the event is not an exclusively Irish affair - here local group the Dhol Blasters added a Punjabi twist.

Marching band outside Selfridges

Sixty floats and 1,000 marchers followed the route from Digbeth into the city centre and back again.

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