Twenty Deep Along Iconic Route

They rolled up in record numbers– as London’s New Year’s Day Parade was hailed ‘the Greatest Show on Earth!’

More than 650,000 people packed the iconic 2-mile route to witness the 32nd annual turn of year tradition.

The event, which was screened live to more than 600 TV stations globally was hailed by viewers and spectators as “the best yet.”

Event organisers said that the crowds lining the streets were more than 20 deep in places.

Fifteen London boroughs joined performers from numerous nations including Bolivia, Spain and the USA.

Bob Bone, Executive Director of the parade said: “The whole World was watching – and wow did we give them something worth looking at.

“The reaction on the street and online has been immensely gratifying.”

The event, which trended number one on twitter throughput the day was hailed a huge success with hundreds of millions watching on TV.

More than £80,000 was raised in the process for good causes across the Capital.

Fifteen London boroughs entered the parade. A public jury and an esteemed international panel consisting of Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Italy and Argentina judged their entries.

First came the City of Westminster earning £10,000 with a fabulous fantasy pantomime entry.

Second, earning £9,000 was Harrow, Third £8,000 (by one point) Hounslow, Fourth £7,000 Barnet, Fifth £6,000 Sutton (not raining on the parade), Sixth £5,000 Barking & Dagenham, Seventh £4,000 Lewisham, Eight £3,000 Hammersmith & Fulham Albert and Friends, Ninth £2,000 Enfield, Tenth £1,000 Merton