After the massive New Year Eve celebrations in London, events for New Years Day always seem a little low key. However the London New Year’s Day Parade has grown considerably from its origins in 1987.
The Parade offers an eclectic mix of pageantry, marching bands and contributions from some of the London Boroughs. Over 8,500 performers representing 20 countries world-wide will assemble for the 2017 Parade.
There is always a number of American marching bands and cheerleaders who add a bit of razzmatazz to the proceedings. Although many people may be suffering hangovers from the night before, the parade regularly attracts crowds of two thirds of a million and has a large worldwide television audience.
The Parade starts at 12 midday on Piccadilly at the junction with Berkeley Street near Green Park Tube Station and finishes at 3.30 pm in Parliament Square. The Parade route is – Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.
An important part of the parade is raising money for charity and various charities have benefitted over the years. This year there will be series of concerts before and after the event involving a selection of bands and orchestras performing in different venues.
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