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New Year's Day Parade

Celebrating its thirty-first year in our capital, London's New Year's Day Parade, gets bigger every year. This year at 12 noon, you can celebrate with more than 8,500 performers from 20 countries, including Pearly Kings and Queens, cheerleaders, marching bands, dancers and representatives from West End shows.

The parade is entertaining for everyone, so grab your coats, friends and family and head to Piccadilly where the ceremony starts its 2.2 mile route. Follow the parade around London with your map, and enjoy the sights of the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Big Ben. 

Take advantage of the temporary grandstands erected for better viewing in some places. Arrive early to secure a good vantage point, especially if you're taking small children, or book a ticket for one of the three grandstands to guarantee a good view.  

A key part of the parade is 'The Let's Help London Challenge', in which all of the 32 London boroughs compete for a share of a prize pot to distribute among their chosen charities. Boroughs enter the parade with an act, float or other form of entertainment which is judged by an international panel comprising foreign ambassadors and high commissioners. This year's theme is ' Lights, Camera, Action' and celebrates all genres of film and TV from across the globe.

Image credit: Mr_Twister via istock 

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