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New Year’s Day Parade

12:00pm
Free

Celebrate the start of the new year with a mighty procession of marching bands, horse-drawn carriages, carnival dancers and steel drums. Celebrating all the cultures that make London amazing, the annual event stretches from Piccadilly to Parliament Street and starts at the reasonably hangover-friendly time of 12 noon. There’ll be cheerleaders, a steel orchestra, motorbike stunt riders, London Chinatown Chinese Association, the London School of Samba, All the Queen’s Horses, plenty of American marching bands and Carnaval del Pueblo among many, many, others.

Car lovers can enjoy drive-bys of Aston Martins, Rolls Royces, Mini Mokes, Minis and movie cars including a DeLorean and the original Batmobile. No parade is complete without some giant inflatables; last year’s included the distinctly British forms of a guardsman and a red phone box, and we are promised five megaflatables for 2024.

The parade is part of a festival which includes a concert series and choral festival from the 29th of December to the 2nd of January. While some of the events require tickets, the parade is free to watch, and we suggest you arrive early to secure a good spot.

Note that when performers pass the Cenotaph they will fall silent, so best to find another spot to watch the parade (but ideal if you’re sensitive to noise).

Organisers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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