The theme this year was London on the move and people were encouraged to join in anyway they wanted. They could drive, ride a bike, run, skip or even hop. The different floats were amazing and each one was different. Each borough of London took part in the Parade and there was even a Mayor or two to be seen walking with his borough.
The music is amazing and is supplied by different high schools from USA, they performed passionately and perfectly. I was really quite envious that I was never musical.
The event was well run and although the route often had 6 or 7 rows of people back, nobody pushed and shoved. London really came together to celebrate the new year and as we walked the route after it finished there was no litter on the roads, everyone respected the London and got rid of the rubbish.
My Top Tips to make the most of LNYDP
- Take a flask of hot drinks, it can get cold when your just standing still waiting for the parade.
- We find the best place to stand is Trafalgar Square
- Travel by tube as you wont get a bus anywhere near the parade route, We use Charing Cross Tube station for the short walk to Trafalgar Square
- If you have a small child, stand close to a toilet - Its a long walk to one otherwise.
- It gets very busy, so keep an eye on your children. Invest in wrist links, pop your phone number onto a piece of paper and stick it in their pocket. I often write Tilly's name on her arm if we are out for the day.
- It gets very crowded so get there early, find a good spot and don't move or you will lose your space!
- Take loads of pictures, its a great day and you can look back at it through pictures later. Film some of it if you can, you will see some that you missed.
We now look forward to LNYDP next year, as we will certainly be there again.