London New Year’s Day Parade

Our New Year’s Eve was like any other… Neo went to bed at the usual bed time; PJ and I stayed in, listened to some music and we watched the fireworks on television at midnight. We are living on the edge!

We woke up on New Year’s Day bright, chirpy and not hung-over and headed off to Trafalgar Square in central London to watch the London New Year’s Day Parade. I never realised that parades were a thing in London and so we went there with no expectations. We went to Trafalgar Square to catch the middle of the route and hoped it was less crowded.

 

This year the London New Year’s Day Parade hosted more than 8,500 performers that included cheerleaders, circus performers, marching bands and just about everything in between.

 

Great spot to see all the performers

Great spot to see all the performers

 

Universal Cheerleaders Association performed to Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off'

Universal Cheerleaders Association performed to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’

 

The Foresters Scooter Club & Friends - These  guys were cool and definitely young at heart

The Foresters Scooter Club & Friends – These guys were cool and definitely young at heart

 

Gilbert High School Tiger Pride Marching Band - Neo loved the tiger mascot

Gilbert High School Tiger Pride Marching Band – Neo loved the tiger mascot

 

The London Borough of Havering - who doens't love trains?

The London Borough of Havering – who doens’t love trains?

 

Trafalgar Square Nelson's Column

Trafalgar Square Nelson’s Column

We were there long enough to see a handful of bands and cheerleaders but not too long that we got too cold or our feet got sore from standing. The crowds were not too bad and we were able to find a good spot to see all the performers going past.

 

Our tips for 2016

  • If you would like to see all the performers, then it’s a good idea to but tickets and get a place to sit in the grandstands.
  • There is no need to be there for the entire duration of the parade if you don’t have tickets booked, especially with a young child.
  • Pick a spot close to a grandstand where performers stop to perform their skit as opposed just walking/marching/running past the crowds.
  • Trafalgar Square seems to provide the middle ground between the beginning and the end of the parade route.

 

What did you do on New Year’s Day?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Kgomotso xx

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6 thoughts on “London New Year’s Day Parade

  1. It looks like you had a great time – my daughter would love the train! Our NYE sounds very similar to yours!

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xx

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