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London's New Year's Day Parade 2013

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Get into the spirit of the New Year with London's New Year Parade. It is an annual street spectacular with ten thousand performers celebrating down the streets of London, and will be shown live on television to millions of viewers across the globe.

The parade has not always been such a big event, but since the first "Lord Mayor of Westminster's Big Parade" on 1st January 1987, it has become the biggest event of its kind in the world. With free entertainment for all the family, and hundreds of dancers and musicians from twenty countries, it will be a razzle-dazzling success. See London's 27th New Year's Day Parade firsthand on the 1st January. It starts at Piccadilly at 11.45am, and finishes at Parliament Street at 3pm. The streets will be filled with marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, acrobats, kites and much more.

Taking centre stage will be the London Borough floats. Every year there is a friendly competition between all the boroughs for the big charity prize winnings. This year's theme is 'Hats Off to London - Celebration Capital of the World'.

Groups participating in the parade include The Ambassadors of China, Italy, Brazil, and Indonesia, as well as the girl band Monroe, and a the regimental band from Valley Forge Military Academy & College, featuring young musicians from ages 14 to 21. Among others, the main highlight is probably going to be all the Queen's horse and all the Queen's men. Who needs to put Humpty back together when you have the finest horse on show?

Alongside the parade will be a number of concerts taking place between the 29th December and 2nd January.

'Christmas Cracker' Concert Series - Cadogan Hall

29th & 30th December - 7.30pm

Two nights of splendid music with performances by international high schools from America, Germany, Greece, and more. Tickets are 10.

Special Parade Preview Concert

30th December - 12pm

This is a free public event taking place at Trafalgar Square.

Grand Finale Concert

2nd January - 8pm

The concert season will conclude with a celebration of orchestral and choral music, including 'Over the Rainbow' from The Wizard of Oz and 'The Lord is My Shepherd', which was the title sequence hymn to the 1990s comedy, The Vicar of Dibley. All tickets are 10.
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Why? Celebrate the New Year
When: 29th Dec - 2nd Jan
Phone: 44 (0) 20 3275 0190
Where: Starts at Piccadilly
Cost: Parade free, concerts 10
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