Dancers, motorcycle stunts and musicians at scaled-down parade

Dancers, motorcycle stunts and musicians at scaled-down parade

January 1, 2022

Dancers, motorcycle stunt teams and musicians perform at scaled-down New Year’s Day parade in central London after event was cancelled last year due to Covid restrictions

  • This year’s annual London New Year’s Day Parade has been replaced with a scaled-down ticketed version  
  • Today cultural dancers, motorcycle stunt teams and chart-topping singers performed at this year’s festivities 
  • Twenty-two countries were represented by performers dressed in traditional wear amidst the celebrations 

The New Year’s Day parade is back in London, and although it’s scaled down version cultural dancers, motorcycle stunt teams and chart-topping singers have been strutting the streets of the capital’s centre today.

After being cancelled last year due to coronavirus restrictions, the parade, which previously saw more than 600,000 people flood the city centre, has been ticketed with a limit of 600 spectators.

Twenty-two countries were represented by performers dressed in traditional wear amidst the celebrations.  

Bolivian cultural dancers wait to perform at London’s New Year’s Day concert in Waterloo Place in London as the New Year’s Day parade return to the capital 

Performers from the Carnaval del Pueblo pictured today at the annual London New Years Day Parade which was last year cancelled due to Covid restrictions 

Motorcycle stunt performers wow the crowds at this year’s New Year’s Day parade in London which is a scaled down and ticketed event

London School of Samba dancers pose with a Dinosaur after performing at the 2022 London New Year’s Day Parade in Waterloo Place

A motorcyclist leaps over his stunt partner, who’s laying on the floor and holding up a ramp at this year’s New Year’s Day parade in London

This year also saw all 32 London boroughs brought to the stage just south of the River Thames, rather than parading along the usual West End route between Piccadilly and Whitehall.

Acts included samba reggae band Bloco Fogo, City of London Brass Band and Stormtrooper dancers Boogie Storm.

Also participating in the parade were dancing lions, dragons and drummers from the London Chinatown Chinese Association, and dinosaurs and monsters created by Creature Events designers.

An acrobat wearing white spins around in the air as she performs at London’s New Year’s Day concert in Waterloo Place earlier today 

Revellers in the crowd wearing 2022 glasses enjoying the parade. Those out at the parade were also able to enjoy the mild January weather as today saw the UK’s warmest New Year’s Day on record when a temperature of 16.2C (61.1F) was recorded at St James’s Park in London

The Voice UK winner Molly Hocking (pictured), indie musician Michael Armstrong and West End star Marisha Wallace were among those entertaining a live audience at the event in Waterloo Place

Performers from the Carnaval del Pueblo posing ahead of today’s annual London New Years Day Parade earlier today. London’s New Year’s Day Parade launched in 1987 and attendance peaked in 2020 when around 650,000 spectators took to the streets

The Voice UK winner Molly Hocking, indie musician Michael Armstrong and West End star Marisha Wallace were among those entertaining a live audience at the event in Waterloo Place.

Those out at the parade were also able to enjoy the mild January weather as today saw the UK’s warmest New Year’s Day on record when a temperature of 16.2C (61.1F) was recorded at St James’s Park in London. 

The parade’s executive director Bob Bone said this year would be ‘very, very different’ this year because of coronavirus’ ahead of the parade.

A motorcyclist flies in the air as he performs a stunt beside the Edward VII Memorial Statue at the this year’s London New Year’s Day Parade

Today’s acts at the parade included samba reggae band Bloco Fogo (pictured), City of London Brass Band and Stormtrooper dancers Boogie Storm

Bolivian cultural dancers dressed in beautiful colourful costumes pose as they wait to perform at London’s New Year’s Day concert

The New Year’s Day parade is back in London, and although it’s scaled down version cultural dancers, motorcycle stunt teams (pictured) and chart-topping singers have been strutting the streets of the capital’s centre today

Dancers from the London School of Samba pose for photographs after performing at the parade earlier today. After being cancelled last year due to coronavirus restrictions, the parade has been ticketed with a limit of 600 spectators

London School of Samba dancers pose as they show off their colourful costumes after performing at this year’s London New Year’s Day Parade

He told Sky News: ‘We’re really a TV show this year with a live audience.

‘The audience is all ticketed and it’s completely sold out, it has been for quite a while, so don’t anybody try and come into it. But do watch it on TV, it goes out at 1pm.

‘We’ve got loads of the usual participants in the arena-based shows this year; marching bands, samba dancers, people from Carnival del Pueblo, with all the Latin American countries represented.

‘We’ve taken the advantage that we have this year of having an arena-based static show by building a stage as well into our arena so that we can bring in some very talented singers and dancers and so on.’

He added: ‘We’re pretty sure it’s going to be a very, very exciting and, we hope, successful event.’ 

London’s New Year’s Day Parade launched in 1987 and attendance peaked in 2020 when around 650,000 spectators took to the streets.  

A woman with a cheerful smile poses with her dress as Carnaval del Pueblo performers warm up ahead of today’s annual London New Years Day Parade

A Carnaval del Pueblo performer poses. The parade’s executive director said: ‘We’ve got loads of the usual participants in the arena-based shows this year; marching bands, samba dancers, people from Carnival del Pueblo, with all the Latin American countries represented’

A parade performer wearing a colourful headdress smiles as she participates in the festivities which were last year cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus

Dancers backstage at London’s New Year’s Day concert in Waterloo Place. The concert, with a capacity limit of 600 spectators, has replaced the annual New Year’s Day Parade

Mr Bone said each year London boroughs compete for charity prizes, and the event has raised ‘the best part of £2 million’ for local charities in the capital over the years.

The tradition of borough competition which started in 1997 invites the boroughs to enter with ‘some form of entertainment based on the annual Parade theme and to demonstrate the diversity of our great city’. 

This year, viewers can watch the parade on the London Live streaming service or via the parade’s website. 

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