London’s New Year’s Day Parade

Boy have I got some photos for you! I went out walking with my camera today and somehow managed to take about 760 photos!! I’ve got a bunch of new street art photos to sort through, but today I thought I’d share some from London’s New Year’s Day Parade. The parade happens every year, and has been running since 1987 (when it was known asΒ Β “Lord Mayor of Westminster’s Big Parade”). Up to 10,000 performers from across the world take part, and hundreds of thousands of spectators gather on the streets of London to watch.

It’s always freezing, but at least it didn’t rain this year like it did last year. Some of the participants in the parade really get into it, and I’m always amazed by the energy from the dancers, especially the cheerleaders. As cheerleaders are such an American thing and we don’t really go in for all that here (we’re far too British), I always look forward to seeing them perform. The American marching bands are also really good, and I’m afraid to say they beat ours hands down!

Anyway, I whittled my parade photos down to around 300, and if you want to see the whole set they’re here on Flickr. Here are a few of my favourites…

London's New Year's Day Parade

So happy to be here!

London's New Year's Day Parade

The royal family…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Masked…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Wot you laughin’ at?

London's New Year's Day Parade

Serious music…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Merry men…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Cheerleader smiles…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Am I a little over dressed?

London's New Year's Day Parade

Another carnival…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Rock ‘n’ roll!

London's New Year's Day Parade

Proud member of the Red Hat Society

London's New Year's Day Parade

Unicycle hockey?!

London's New Year's Day Parade

In tune…

London's New Year's Day Parade

A little daydream…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Feeling fruity…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Through the storm…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Ooh, cheeky!

London's New Year's Day Parade

Are the feathers too much?

London's New Year's Day Parade

Seriously colourful

London's New Year's Day Parade

Play on!

London's New Year's Day Parade

Trotters Independent Traders

London's New Year's Day Parade

Phone home!

London's New Year's Day Parade

Look up!

London's New Year's Day Parade

A sea of kites…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Fly away…

London's New Year's Day Parade

Pearly King & Queen

London's New Year's Day Parade

The end…


8 Comments on “London’s New Year’s Day Parade”

  1. Rob says:

    Where are they on Flicker? Is there a link for us who was in the parade (The 212th Attack Battalion Clone)

  2. gedlondon says:

    Awesome shots! πŸ™‚

  3. gingerbreadcafe says:

    Wow! What a fantastic day – really amazing pictures, so much colour!

  4. Thank you for the post and photos. My son had the pleasure of marching as a drummer with an American marching band. He was very humbled by the appreciation shown by the British people for his band. The Stone Bridge High School Marching Bulldogs really enjoyed every moment of the trip and parade! Thank you for that!


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