London’s New Year’s Day Parade Preview Concert

Eddie the Eagle at the Parade

At midday yesterday, London’s New Year’s Day Parade organisers put together a huge preview party in Trafalgar Square and invited Londoners and visitors to the city to come along and enjoy the fun and we were there to take it all in too.

Fortunately, the notorious British weather behaved for a change and everyone enjoyed the party in the dry.  For an hour and a half Trafalgar Square was filled with dancers, drummers, singers and four massive marching bands, bringing the square to life with colour, music and entertainment.

Handing out Parade flags

Yesterday’s festive line up was made up with the following:

McNeese State University Marching Band

Dance sensations Zoonation

London School of Dhol Drummers

Barrington High School Marching Band

Corning Painted Post High School Marching Band

Cultural Bolivia UK – a South American sensation

Pickerington High School Marching Band

Iness, a European Pop Star.

Entertainer at Parade

There was also a very special guest – Eddie the Eagle – who joined dancers preparing for tomorrow’s parade.  Although it’s been almost 30 years since Eddie the Eagle (whose real name is Michael Edwards) became a worldwide celebrity at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988 for his brave but inept ski jumping which earnt him last place at the games, he is still a very popular figure and will join the parade on New Year’s Day along with all the performers.

The New Year’s Day Parade

The parade kicks off at midday and you can catch all the festivities along the parade route, which starts from Green Park Tube station and runs all the way along to Parliament Square at around 3.30pm, via Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

Marching Band at Parade

Marching Band Leader at Parade

You can expect to see thousands of performers and colourful floats from across the world, including dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, marching bands, historic vehicles and much more, all assembled in the heart of London for a colourful celebration of contemporary performances and traditional pomp and ceremony, with huge balloons, music and confetti to kick 2018 off in style!

With some 8,000 performers representing all the London boroughs as well as countries from around the world, this is a fantastic event that normally attracts around 500,000 spectators and will be broadcast live on television both here in the UK and abroad.

Girl on Stilts at Parade

Flags at Parade

So if you are coming into London specially for the parade, you can watch the New Year’s Day celebrations for free along the parade route or if you want a better view you can always opt for grandstand tickets which start from £37.50.

Editorial by Simon Burrell, Editor-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground and photographs by Pietro Recchia, a London-based photographer specialising in fashion, portraits and luxury events.

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