London’s New Year’s Day Parade Preview

London’s New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP) organisers put together a huge parade preview and rehearsal in Trafalgar Square yesterday and invited Londoners and visitors to the city to come along and enjoy the fun.  We were there with our camera at the ready to take in the atmosphere.

Although the weather was rather dull and overcast, for the most part the weather behaved and everyone enjoyed the celebrations in the dry.  Trafalgar Square was filled with dancers, drummers, singers and four massive marching bands, bringing the square to life with colour, music and entertainment.  In fact this 33rd running of London’s New Year’s Day Parade has attracted over 8,000 participants from over 26 countries around the world, raising money for the mayoral charities across London.

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Enjoying the Parade

LNYDP - handing out parade flags

This annual event normally attracts around 500,000 spectators and will be broadcast live on television both here in the UK and abroad.

Some of the performers out in Trafalgar Square yesterday included the Angelo State University Ram Band, Bolivia in London dance group, Heartburn Entertainment, who have performed at many previous events, Kaleb Lee and The Cotton Candies Marching Krewe.

LNYDP Cotton Candies Marching Crew

LNYDP Cotton Candies Marching Crew performing

LNYDP Performers

Tomorrow’s New Year’s Day Parade

The parade kicks off at midday tomorrow Tuesday 1st January 2019 and you can catch all the fun and festivities along the parade route, which starts on Piccadilly and runs all the way along to Parliament Street, via Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

You can expect to see thousands of performers and colourful floats from across the world, including dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, marching bands, historic vehicles and much more, all assembled in the heart of London for a colourful celebration of contemporary performances and traditional pomp and ceremony, with huge balloons, music and confetti to kick 2019 off in real style!

LNYDP Bolivian Dancers

LNYDP Angelo State University Ram Band

LNYDP Kaleb Lee

So if you are planning on coming into London specially for the parade, you can watch the New Year’s Day celebrations for free along the parade route and if you get a little hungry in all the excitement, then there will be a Food Village located on Waterloo Place you can always pop along to.

For more information on London’s New Year’s Day Parade please visit

Editorial by Simon Burrell, Editor-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground and photographs by Pietro Recchia, a London-based photographer specialising in fashion, portraits and luxury events.

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  1. Cotton candies were my favorite. I understand all are professional women. Engineers Dr’s, rocket scientist, teachers!

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