London's New Year's Day Parade

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A pearly queen at the 2019 parade
A giant balloon at LNYDP

The London New Year's Day Parade (LNYDP) is an annual parade through the streets of the West End of London on 1 January. The parade first took place in 1987,[1] as the Lord Mayor of Westminster's Big Parade. The parade was renamed in 1994, and for 2000 only it was called the Millennium Parade.

The parade went virtual in 2021 but returned live for 2022, albeit scaled-down, due to COVID-19 pandemic.[2] 500,000 spectators attended the 2023 parade.[3]


The London parade is the biggest New Year's Day street event of its kind.[4] It attracts around a million live spectators and US television network PBS (more than 250 stations) cover the entire event live, reaching millions of viewers world-wide.[5] There is ticket-only grandstand seating at various points along the route. Destination Events Ltd. are the organisers of London's New Year's Day Parade (LNYDP).[6]

Parade route[edit]

Baton Twirlers taking part at LNYDP

The parade route is two miles (3.2 km) long.[7] Before 2010, it began at Parliament Square in Westminster, continuing along Parliament Street and Whitehall to Trafalgar Square. It then continued along Cockspur Street and Regent Street. The final section was along Piccadilly and the parade ended at Green Park.

In 2010, the parade route was reversed to "appease US television broadcasters" and to "give the American audience the best views of the capital's landmarks, such as the Elizabeth Tower of the Palace of Westminster (The Houses of Parliament, also known as Big Ben) and Trafalgar Square".[8] The revised route started at the Ritz Hotel, along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus, down Regent Street, then along Pall Mall to Trafalgar Square, then along Whitehall to Parliament Square.


Stunt Riders taking part at LNYDP

The parade is used to raise funds for charities in London and representatives from each of the 32 London boroughs are encouraged to take part as a "borough entry", judged as part of the event. London's New Year's Parade (LNYDP) has raised “the best part of £2 million” for London charities since its inception.[9] The competition did not take place in 2021 or 2022 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.[10]

Marching bands[edit]

A marching band performing at the event in 2018

The event broadcast is popular in the United States, receiving an estimated 100 million viewers, and each parade features marching bands from multiple US universities.[11]

The Pride of New Mexico Marching Band from New Mexico State University was the first collegiate marching band to participate, taking part in the first Lord Mayor of Westminster's Big Parade in 1987.[citation needed]


Over 200 Scouts from across London, led by the Enfield District Scout Band, took part in the 2007 parade, heralding the start of the UK's "2007 Centenary of Scouting Celebrations".

London's town crier is also part of the parade.

Musical groups[edit]

London School of Samba performing at LNYDP
Andrew Lee performing at LNYDP

In 2019 Megan McKenna sung a duet with US country music performer Kaleb Lee.[12] Alongside Megan McKenna, illusionist Andrew Lee became the first Malaysian to take part in London's New Year's Day Parade.[13] In 2021, the British K-pop girl group Kaachi, gave a virtual performance.[14] Jamie Cullum and Sophie Ellis-Bextor added to the virtual spectacular in 2021, joining KAACHI and other performers.[15] Television and Broadway star Marisha Wallace headlined LNYDP 2022 alongside a roster including The Voice UK winner Molly Hocking and DJ Bodalia.[16]

The 2023 parade featured headline performances from Scouting For Girls and Toploader.[17]

The 2024 parade featured headline performances from Chesney Hawkes and Boyzlife. Rachael O'Connor performed the LNYDP anthem.[18]


  1. ^ "London New Year's Day parade marks 30 years". BBC News. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  2. ^ "London's New Year's Day Parade Returns For 2022, But With Some Big Changes". Londonist. 29 November 2021.
  3. ^ Chantler-Hicks, Lydia (1 January 2023). "Huge crowds turn out for London's New Year's Day Parade". Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  4. ^ Moellering, Amy (23 December 2008). "Amador band goes international for London's New Year's parade". The Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  5. ^ Westhead, Ian (15 December 2021). "LNYDP 2022 to stream online and air on London Live". ATV Today.
  6. ^ Westhead, Ian (15 December 2021). "LNYDP 2022 to stream online and air on London Live". ATV Today. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Thousands watch New Year Parade". BBC News. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  8. ^ "London New Year's Day parade reversed for US audience". BBC News. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Cultural dancers and bike stunt teams perform at scaled-down return of London New Year's Day parade". independent. January 2022.
  10. ^ "Brent Council - Brent culture celebrated in front of an audience of millions worldwide".
  11. ^ "Parade reversed for US audience". 7 December 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2023.
  12. ^ Tobin, Olivia (1 January 2019). "Thousands gather for London's annual New Year's Day Parade".
  13. ^ MAGANATHAN, DINESH KUMAR. "Illusionist Andrew Lee is first Malaysian cast in London's New Year's parade". The Star.
  14. ^ "KAACHI Akan Tampil Di Parade Hari Raya Tahun Baru London 2021 Sambut True Normal". Berita Musik - Mata Mata Musik (in Indonesian). 3 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  15. ^ "JANVIER 2021 - HOTEL ALHAMBRA BLOG". The Alhambra Hotel. 28 December 2020.
  16. ^ Westhead, Ian (23 December 2021). "Marisha Wallace to entertain on New Year's Day at LNYDP". ATV Today.
  17. ^ Young, Amira (23 December 2022). "The 2023 London New Year's Parade returns to the two-mile route, with Toploader and Scouting for Girls joining 8,000 performers - London News". UK Daily News. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  18. ^ Salisbury, Josh (1 January 2024). "Thousands take to streets of London for annual New Year's Day parade". Evening Standard.

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