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New Year's Day Parade 2012

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If you don't play too hard the night before, you'll be able to make it into central London on the first day of a brand new year to enjoy London's New Year's Day Parade, the world's biggest event of its kind.

Beginning at 11.45am at the Green Park end of Berkeley Street, the parade winds its way through central London, through Piccadilly, down the southern portion of Regent Street to Pall Mall, through to Trafalgar Square, along Whitehall, finishing at around 3pm at Parliament Street, close to the Houses of Parliament.

This wonderful spectacle includes participants from all over the world - some 10,000 people will be taking part, representing around 20 countries.

Half a million people are expected to travel into central London to see the parade - but with the route covering a distance of approximately two miles, families with small children shouldn't have much difficulty in finding a convenient spot from which to comfortably watch the floats pass by.

Expect to see marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, acrobats and a load more besides.

If you haven't been to London's New Year's Day Parade in a long while, it's time to check it out again. It's come on leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings back in 1987.

This year's parade is particularly special as it's the first official event in a year of special celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. On top of that, if you didn't already know it, the Olympics is coming to town in 2012 too! Because of this, the jubilee and the Olympics have been chosen as the two main themes of this year's parade.

Speaking about the procession, London mayor Boris Johnson said: "London's New Year's Day Parade is now a major feature in the country's calendar of events. It especially adds value to London and is enjoyed by Londoners and millions of people worldwide."

In the days before the parade started, New Year's Day was, for many people, one for staying home and nursing a hangover. But now there's something worth getting up and going out for. And if this lively event doesn't clear the cobwebs after a night out involving one too many glasses of champagne, nothing will.
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Why? You'll start 2012 with a smile on your face.
When: From 11.45am on Sunday 1st January, 2012.
Where: Central London - see article for information regarding precise route.
Cost: Free
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by Sandra Lawson on 08/12/2011
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