Birmingham, Alabama celebrates their Irish heritage with a vibrant parade, festival, and a few large parties with plenty of Irish food and drinks. Five Points South St. Patrick's Celebration is the city's primary event, which takes place annually for the entire week in mid-March. Five Points South entertainment area, hosting the event, is home to the University of Alabama campus and the center of the city's nightlife.
St. Patrick's Day Parade at Five Points South, which attracts thousands of spectators, is held on the closest Saturday to St. Patrick's Day. In addition to the parade, there is an Irish flag raising, the Great Birmingham Irish Toast, the annual Irish dinner, and other events with live music and parties, taking place at Five Points South bars and restaurants.
Other St. Patrick's Day events in Birmingham include the annual Shamrock Shindig at Iron City with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and live Irish music. Guests are encouraged to wear green and try their luck catching a prize in the balloon drop. Microbrews, like Cahaba Brewing Company and Ghost Train Brewing, offer their own St. Patrick's Day celebrations with plenty of beer, bands, and food. Naturally, Irish pubs, like The Red Shamrock and Innisfree Pub, also offer a special program for the celebration.