The parade is ‘back to its briant best’ after lockdowns (Picture: PA)
London’s New Year’s Day Parade returned with a bang today with half a mion people expected to turn out to watch more than 8000 performers.
The capital celebrated the arrival of 2023 with a colourful event dubbed by Toploader one of the bands making an appearance as the ‘perfect hangover cure’.
It was the first time the gathering was able to take place in full since the pandemic hit in 2020.
There was a jovial mood as marching bands cheerleaders pearly kings and queens 一統徵信 三立 dancers drummers, 一統徵信詐欺 一統徵信 三立 cycling clubs and giant balloons lined the streets on Sunday.
The three-and-a-half-hour parade started in Piccady and moved to Parliament Square.
There are about 20 nations represented among the acts – including China Peru Colombia Brazil and others from the US UK and Europe.
An El Salvadorian band who travelled from the rain forest also captured crowds’ attention today.
Around 500000 people were expected to turn out (Picture: PA)
Performers came from the UK Europe the US, 一統徵信詐欺 一統徵信 三立 China Peru Colombia and Brazil (Picture: PA)
People were in good spirits (Picture: PA)
A performer in a Paddington Bear costume waiting at Piccady for the start of the parade (Picture: PA)
It was the first time the gathering was able to fully take place since the pandemic hit in 2020 (Picture: Reuters)
Cheerleaders dance around at the parade on Sunday (Picture: PA)
The three-and-a-half-hour parade gradually moved to Parliament Square (Picture: PA)
Just 600 ticket holders were allowed to attend a clipped-back parade in 2022 as over d Britain.
The parade has ‘raised bions for London and the UK as a whole’ over the years along with £2 mion for London charities organisers say.
Founder Bob Bone has helped turn it into an annual tradition since the inaugural event in 1987.
Mr Bone said: ‘This year the parade is back to its briant best.
‘We are delighted to see that so many performers have travelled from around the world.
‘This is the first m gathering of the parade since . This is the first time since 2020 we have had a parade.
‘It is amazing. It is what we do. It is what we love and it gives London this incredible opportunity to showcase itself to the world to give the world a wave and say “come on over”.’
Beauty queens wave to crowds (Picture: PA)
The parade has ‘raised bions for London and the UK as a whole’ (Picture: PA)
A performer wearing a bright pink outfit takes pictures (Picture: Reuters)
A performer in an Avatar costume didn’t blend in in a queue for the toilets in a cafe on Piccady (Picture: PA)
The parade ‘is back to its briant best’ organisers said (Picture: PA)
There were more than 8000 performers (Picture: Reuters)
Summing up the ‘hugely cosmopolitan carnival’, 一統徵信詐欺 一統徵信 三立 Mr Bone added: ‘It’s culture colour and terrific fun.’
It comes after London welcomed in the New Year with a stunning fireworks display at midnight.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said there was ‘no better place to welcome in the New Year than London’.
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