Last night, Birmingham’s Bullring & Grand Central was taken over by World Champion dancers from the Scanlon School of Irish Dancers, as Grand Central was turned green ahead of St Patrick’s Day.
Tomorrow will see one of the city’s calendar highlights, the annual St Patrick’s Day parade, arrive in Birmingham and tens of thousands of people are expected to hit the streets to celebrate.
To kick-off the weekend of festivities, seven dancers aged 13 to 16 – including 14-year-old four-time World Champion – Alliyah O’Hare, jigged their way through the centre as the Grand Central atrium was turned green to pay homage to St Patrick. They danced their treble reel steps to ‘The Scoddy Reel’.
Bullring also marked the occasion with Birmingham’s iconic bull donning his St Patrick’s Day hat.
The Scanlon dancers will be returning to the centre next Saturday on St Patrick’s Day itself to perform for shoppers by the bull outside Bullring.
Michaela Moore, General Manager of Bullring & Grand Central, said: “It was a pleasure to have such a talented group of young dancers perform in centre to celebrate St Patrick’s Day ahead of tomorrow’s parade. It is such an important day in the calendar for Birmingham and we wanted to mark the occasion with our own celebration at Bullring & Grand Central. We are excited for the group to return next weekend to perform for our visitors.”