ANNIVERSARY PARADE – JUST MAGIC
LNYDP Hailed Huge Success
London’s New Year’s Day Parade, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary on January 1st, has been hailed a magical success.
Near record crowds of over 550,000 spectators, packed the streets of the West End, to watch the biggest event of its kind anywhere in the World.
More than 8,500 performers from numerous nations gave London a lift at the annual turn of year tradition – which was broadcast live to 700 TV stations and streamed on thousands of news sites.
Escapologist Darcy Oake, thrilled the crowds with the ‘pinnacle of his career’ – the most dangerous escape attempt ever.
The 28 year-old Canadian was shackled and padlocked, submerged under water in a glass box and suspended by a crane high above Whitehall.
He managed to unpick all the locks and free himself only just before he ran out of breath two minutes 38 seconds in to the endurance test.
Executive Director Bob Bone, said: “It will live long in the memory among all those that watched or performed in it.
“It was a fitting way to celebrate 30 Magical Years of London’s New Year’s Day Parade.”
Sixteen London boroughs competed to win money for their respective mayoral charities.
Marks from judging panel made up of the ambassadors of Italy, Brazil, Japan and the Netherlands we combined with those from members of the public – to determine the winners.
THE BOROUGH COMPETITION RESULTS:
1ST – HILLINGDON – £10,000
2nd – LEWISHAM – £7,000
3rd – CITY OF WESTMINSTER – £6,000
4th – HAMMERSMITH & FULHAM – £5,000
5TH – MERTON – £4,000
6th – SUTTON – £2,500
7th – BARKING & DAGENHAM – £2,500
8th – ENFIELD -£2,500
9th – REDBRIDGE – £2,500
10th – CROYDON – £2,500
Preparations for the 31st parade on January 1st 2017 are already well in hand.
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