The New Year's Day Parade took place today in Central London. It continued despite the rain that gradually turned into a heavy downpour. Below are a few photos of the day and some short video clips.
The parade followed a route from Green Park and along Piccadilly via Trafalgar Square to Westminster. I found a spot opposite the Canadian Embassy just off Trafalgar Square.
|The donkeys were popular with the crowd|
|Tonbridge Scout Band|
There were several marching bands from the UK and USA.
Keeping your line can be difficult when you follow donkeys and horses.
The rain started as the Virginian marching band reached the Canadian Embassy.
I enjoyed the American cheerleaders, tap dancing and flag waving troupes.
|American cheerleaders singing enthusiastically|
|Penguin and Sweep dancing behind Mary Poppins float|
There were a number of charities represented, including St Christopher's celebrating their 50th Anniversary and Polio prevention.
|Bear walking for polio eradication charity|
There were dancers and musicians from a variety of countries. All the participants deserved an award for carrying on so stoically as the rain poured and the crowds ran for shelter. The animation below shows dancers from Berlin carrying on enthusiastically in the rain.
I walked in the direction of Green Park, the start of the parade. On my way, I saw my local borough's entry. The side of Hillingdon's vehicle wished everyone a Happy New Year.
The show went on despite the British weather.