Celebrate 2018 with this annual parade through central London, featuring thousands of performers and colourful floats from across the world. Every year, dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, marching bands, historic vehicles and more assemble in the heart of the capital for a colourful celebration of contemporary performances and traditional pomp and ceremony, with huge balloons, music and confetti filling the air. Catch the festivities along the parade route, which runs from Green Park Tube station at 12 pm, to Parliament Square at around 3.30pm, via Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.
London’s New Year’s Day Parade celebrates its 32nd year in 2018 and more than 8,500 performers representing 20 countries will take part, including Pearly Kings and Queens, cheerleaders, marching bands, dancers and representatives from West End shows. The American-style extravaganza of musicians – a number of bands from the USA fly over to take part – dancers, acrobats, clowns and floats twirl, march and drum a 2.2-mile route. A key part of the parade is ‘The Let’s Help London Challenge’, in which all of the 32 London boroughs compete for a share of a prize pot to distribute among their chosen charities. Boroughs enter the parade with an act, float or other form of entertainment which is judged by an international panel comprising foreign ambassadors and high commissioners.
This exceptional opportunity, offers choirs of young voices the chance to sing tailored performances to the individual capabilities of the singers to enthusiastic audiences in amazing London venues. During the Festival each choir performs their repertoire at different venues on two occasions. The venues are specifically chosen to reflect the size, singing style and repertoire of each group and are an integral part of the LNYDP Festival of Music Concert Series. All choirs are extended the unique opportunity to be part of the LICF Massed Choir Gala Finalé Concert where all the singers get together and sing accompanied by one of the finest Youth Orchestras in Europe. The London International Choral Festival is fortunate to enjoy the Patronage of one of Britain’s most prominent arts benefactors, Mr. Roger Bramble, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of London and is further supported by the City of Westminster, The London Mayors’ Association, and The Mayor of London.