Strike up the band, set the lights and get ready to raise the curtains – London prepare to be entertained at the turn of the year – at London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

Parade Executive Director Bob Bone said: “Roll up Roll up to the Greatest Show on Earth  – our theme for January 1st 2018 is ‘ShowTime!’

“This city is the epicentre of entertainment  – and has been for centuries so we wanted to reflect that at LNYDP – one of the World’s great street spectaculars.

“Our performers can interpret the theme in any way they like so we can expect tumblers, trapeze artistes, theatrical delights, show stopping songs, colour and calliope – or all the fun of the fair- ‘ShowTime’ comes in all forms and hues.”

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The parade, which is broadcast live in the UK and in many countries around the World, is expected to attract more than 500,000 spectators to the streets of the West End.

LNYDP, now in its 32nd year a cherished turn of year tradition, features entries and performances from across the Capital and from numerous nations.

London’s boroughs compete for a substantial prize pot – for their various mayoral charities – and will be judged by the public and a panel of international ambassadors as to entertainment value and how well they reflect the theme.

The parade, which will feature performances from more than 8,000 people from numerous nations, has already been in the planning for more than two years.

All the fun starts at 12 Noon on January 1st – near the Ritz Hotel on Piccadilly, the parade then runs to Piccadilly Circus, Regent St St.James, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Sq, Whitehall and ends in Parliament Sq.

LNYDP is free to all – but grandstand tickets will be available on TicketMaster from the summer.