New Year's Day Parade shows London at its entertaining best

London’s annual New Year’s Day Parade has been praised by attendees. 

The entertaining parade, which this year aimed to honour the city’s reputation as the ‘celebration capital of the world’, was enjoyed by thousands of residents, tourists and special guests. reports that it featured circus acts, cheerleaders, dance groups and fancy dress characters. More than 400 of the Games Makers from the London Olympics also featured.

The show certainly highlighted London’s ability to put on a show. It was broadcast to a worldwide audience of approximately 280 million people and might certainly have tempted viewers to visit London, perhaps to utilise the party venues or event spaces in the capital. The roadside crowd was three people deep in some places.

Speaking about the decision to invite the Olympics Games makers to enjoy the parade, event organiser Bob Bone told “We thought it was a fitting thing to ask them to come into our parade so that we could say thank you to them – but also we are looking forward as well as backward, because I think the Games Makers have shown that there’s a great volunteering spirit in this country.”

“There are lots of things that people can carry on doing to carry that spirit of the Games Makers forward into 2013 and beyond.”