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Disadvantages Can be cold and you have to be prepared to walk to get a good view
New Year’s Day Parade – London 2013 27th ParadeI cannot believe that prior to going to this parade I have never heard of it. It has very little publicity and is actually pretty low key despite the fact that people come from all over the world to take part in it. Even more stunning is the fact that the London New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP) has around 10,000 performers, hundreds of thousands of spectators on the streets and a live television audience of tens of millions. I have obviously been far too busy on other New Year’s Days to watch it!
We looked up the route of the parade and thought we would follow it as it went along. We took the tube to Green Park station and then walked to the corner of Piccadilly and St James’s street. The parade seemed to be getting organised and there were people everywhere in costume, some floats and a number of marching bands . We decided to pop in and have a coffee and several other people who were obviously part fo the parade were also doing the same.Out side the cafe was a small float with a number of Pearly Queens and Kings all dressed up in full costume and singing old fashioned Cockney songs which we listened to for a while. A number of vehicles from film and TV were part of the parade and we noticed Del Boy’s Robin reliant as well as a number of US Police series cars and the car from Nightrider.
A bus with actors from stage performances was interesting the first time we saw it but having followed the parade and been near it several times the two bits of songs that they sang began to get on my nerves. You would have thought they could have a larger repertoire than two bits of songs!We walked on past these and getting anywhere was quite tricky as you have to cross on side streets and make your way through the crowds. Some places were easier to get a good view that others so we stayed there a while until the bus with two songs caught up with us again. We stayed for a while on a side street near the start of the parade watching two or three marching bands from South America do their bit. They all looked very cold in their rather miniscule outfits and I suspect they were wanting to be on the move to warm up a bit.
The Parade starts at 11.45am on Piccadilly at the junction with Berkeley Street outside the Ritz Hotel and finishes around 3pm at Parliament Street.
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