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The New Year's Day Parade is a parade of 10,000 performers through the streets of the West End of London which takes place annually on 1 January. The first year the parade took place was 1987 as the Lord Mayor of Westminster's Big Parade. The parade was renamed in 1994 and for 2000 only it was renamed the Millennium Parade.

According to organisers, the London parade is the biggest New Year's Day street event of its kind. The parade is used to raise funds for charities in London and representatives from each of the 32 London boroughs are encouraged to take part as a 'borough entry' which are judged as part of the event. The winning entry in the 2009 parade was the London Borough of Merton. The parade is also used to honour people from each borough who have been heroic in some way during the previous year. Every year BBC London holds a competition to find two talented young musicians to travel to the United States and play with an American high school marching band, both in America and then in the London Parade. The parade dates back to the 1920s to celebrate the special relationship between England and the USA.

 

The 2 mile (3.2 km) parade route begins at Parliament Square in Westminster and continues along Parliament Street and Whitehall to Trafalgar Square. It then continues along Cockspur Street and Regent Street. The final section is along Piccadilly and the parade ends at Green Park. The parade attracts around a million spectators and there is ticket-only seating at the start and end of the route. The parade route has been reversed from 2010 with the event now starting at the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly and finishing at Parliament Square. The revised route is now:

Leave the Ritz Hotel, head along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus, down Regent Street, then along Pall Mall to Trafalgar Square, along Whitehall and end up in Parliament Square

The decision to reverse the route was taken to "appease US television broadcasters" and to "give the American audience the best views of the capital's landmarks, such as Big Ben and Trafalgar Square

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