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Mayor Balloon flying at 50 feet Mayoral Attendants students from Lincoln Northeast High School, Nebraska in Westminster today (01/01/16) during the London New Years Day Parade, the annual event which raises much needed funds for charities chosen by all of the London Boroughs attracted massive crowds to mark the start of 2016, marching bands, cheerleaders and performers travelled from the United States of America to take part in the parade alongside participants from the UK including World renowned illusionist from Winnipeg, Canada Darcy Oake, a Britains Got Talent finallist who performed a death defying escapology in Whitehall - Image © Matt Sprake Photography (07770 365302)

London New Year’s Parade Goes Blockbuster

Jurassic Park dinosaurs, Ghostbusters, The Italian Job, X-Factor finalist Ché Chesterman – and some extraordinary archive footage of London down the decades, are all featuring in the perfect New Year’s party – and everyone’s got an invite.

It’s free, fun and just the ticket for families and others across the Capital – London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

And avid cinema and TV fans will be delighted to learn that the turn of year tradition, on January 1st is themed ‘Lights, Camera, Action’.

The 31st parade, has partnered with the nation’s most prestigious movie institution – the British Film Institute (BFI) – that will be supplying archive footage of London down the decades. More than 8,000 performers from numerous nations will participate in the 31st annual parade – which will be televised live around the World.

The City of Westminster and the London boroughs of: Barking & Dagenham, Barnet, Bromley, Brent, Croydon, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Redbridge, Sutton, have all submitted entries.

The parade, which starts at 12 Noon, runs from Green Park tube station, along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street St James’s to Pall Mall, Trafalgar Sq, and Whitehall and ends at the junction of Parliament St and Parliament Sq.

The World’s biggest balloons will be flying high above the streets of the West End – and music and confetti will fill the air.

Executive Director Bob Bone, said: “The entire World has been beguiled by film and television down the decades – and we wanted to bring a little magic of the movies to London’s New Year.”

The theme will be reflected by entries from London boroughs, performance groups, marching bands, historic vehicles, cheerleaders, and a myriad of other spectacular sights.

London’s New Year’s Day Parade has raised more than a million pounds for charities across the Capital. LNYDP 2017 will be broadcast live in the UK on London Live and Showcase TV and on hundreds of stations in the USA, Europe and beyond. The parade will be streamed online at

Parade partners include: BBC London 94.9, The Corinthia Hotel London, TFL, Conn-Selmer, The City of Westminster and The London Mayor’s Association. London’s New Year Festivities include a number of terrific festival concert performances at some of the city’s most iconic venues.  Full details and ticket links at

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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