Floating parade for Birmingham

Published: Wednesday, 16 March 2022

A BOATING parade will be part of Birmingham's celebrations in advance of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Boaters from across the region are being invited to a spectacular boating parade in association with Birmingham Canal Navigations Society (BCNS) and the Inland Waterways Association (IWA), Roger Fox reports.

Birmingham 2022 Festival

This parade will be presented as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival, celebrating the people, history and stories of the canals.

SmethwickLocksThis is an opportunity to celebrate the past and present—and showcase the variety of crafts, people and culture of the city's waterways.

On Friday 24th June boats will gather at a rally organised by BCNS at Smethwick Locks (pictured) in Galton Valley, the location of two canalsthe Old Main Line and New Linewhere moorings will be available.

Through the heart of the city

On Saturday 25th , boats will travel along to the city and form up between Roundhouse Birmingham and Icknield Port, before parading through the heart of the city to the Mailbox before returning to moor up for the night between Roundhouse Birmingham and Icknield Port. The same will be done on the Sunday morning, giving an opportunity for a spectacular boating parade through the city.

For boaters who wish to play a part in the rally and parade, entry is free of charge. Each boat that takes part in the parade will receive a commemorative plaqueand are requested to showcase and celebrate their crafts and the waterways in the most fun way possible!

Entry form: Commonwealth Games CruiseBirmingham Canal Navigations Society: