At midday yesterday, London’s annual New Year’s Day Parade and Festival saw the city’s streets filled with thousands of performers and colourful floats from across the world, including dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, marching bands, huge balloons, confetti, historic vehicles, old steam traction engines, horses and much more, to celebrate kicking 2018 off in style!
London’s New Year’s Day Parade, more commonly known as LNYDP is also run alongside the Grand Finale of the London International Choral Festival, which is performed in top music venues in London. In addition, the LNYDP also raises funds for London charities and since the inaugural parade, it has raised more than £1.5m for good causes.
The first parade was held back in 1987 with 2,000 performers, today it totals some 10,000 participants, representing all the London boroughs and performers from not only the UK but also the US and Europe. Around 500,000 people turned out yesterday to watch this spectacular event, lining the parade route and waving flags. The parade was also broadcast on television both here in the UK and abroad.
Fortunately, the good old British weather did not dampen the day, with the clouds and rain staying away long enough for everyone to enjoy a dry event!
The parade started at Green Park Tube Station and ran all the way along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus and then followed a route down Lower Regent Street to Waterloo Place, down Pall Mall and onto Cockspur Street, into Trafalgar Square, then down Whitehall and Parliament Street.
We hope that you enjoy this photographic montage of many of yesterday’s wonderful performers and participants following on from our review of the parade’s preview concert on Saturday in Trafalgar Square.
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.