London to host New Year’s Day Parade

January 1st 2013 will see the 27th New Year's Day Parade take place in the centre of London amid a party atmosphere.

It is expected that more than 500,000 people will line the streets to see the procession pass by as the New Year is welcomed in.

The parade will begin just before 12pm in Piccadilly and travel through various key streets of London on the way to Parliament Street at around 3pm. Visitors staying in central London hotels will be able to watch the procession travel a 2.2 mile route through Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

The theme of the 2013 parade will be looking back on the successful 12 months that the city has enjoyed with the hosting of the Olympic Games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee events.

Executive director Bob Bone said: "I wanted to embrace the fact that our capital city is without doubt the greatest in the World.

"London’s New Year's Day Parade will take the form of a special tribute to the city and its people. I can't wait to see how the boroughs will reflect this theme."

Some 10,000 people will be involved in the parade, that will be shown live across the world, including marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns and acrobats.

The aim of the parade is to raise money for a number of mayoral charities to help fund projects across London's 33 boroughs and spectators will be asked to make donations as the parade passes by.

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