Although less known than the London New Year’s Eve Fireworks, the London’s New Year’s Day Parade is one of the largest parades through the capital.
The parade has grown from just 2,000 performers in the inaugural event in 1987, to an expected 10,000 participants from the USA, UK and Europe in the 2018 Parade. Over 500,000 line the streets on the route and the parade has a TV audience of over 300 million.
One unusual aspect of the parade is that it features American marching bands that fly over from the USA to take part. The parade features an eclectic mix of classic cars, Dancers, motorcycle stunts, floats from many of London boroughs,
music and dancing from many of London’s international communities,
large inflatable balloons,
Chinese Dragons, horses, carriages, donkeys and much more.
The Parade provides amazing entertainment along the 2.2-mile route which begins near the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly before moving onto Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.
The parade provides plenty of entertainment for the audience and is a great start to the New Year in London. If you are in London at this time, it is an event not to miss.
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