Boroughs’ Competition

Every year since 1997 all of London’s 31 Boroughs, along with the City of Westminster, have been invited to enter the Parade with some form of entertainment based on the annual Parade theme and to demonstrate the diversity of our great city. The entry can take the form of an act, float, performance, dance ensemble, or all the above, making the Borough entries the heart of London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

All entries are automatically entered into the Boroughs’ Competition, competing for a share of the big charity cash prize which in recent years has been £40,000. Since the first Parade in 1987, LNYDP has raised well over a million pounds for charity.

Peoples Choice Vote 2020

This year LNYDP will call on the public to vote online for the best London Borough entry.

With over 500,000 spectators and millions more watching on global television, your Borough will have the chance to be crowned no 1 for 2020.

If your friends and family will be watching on the streets of London or at home on television, make sure they log onto our website or LNDYP Twitter & Facebook channels to vote for the Borough of their choosing.

Voting begins from 12 Midday on January 1st and ends as the last act passes through the performance area.

London Boroughs' Competition 2020

Parading along the LNYDP route, entertaining huge crowds packing the streets of London and sharing the pride in your local community’s achievement has become one of the most exciting annual events in the Mayoral year.

The 33rd Anniversary of London’s New Year’s Day Parade is going to be even more epic than ever. More info to come soon.

2019 Winners

London boroughs competed for a large cash prize pot for their respective mayoral charities with entries reflecting the parade theme ‘London Welcomes the World’.

This year’s winners are:

1st Place: £10,000 – London Borough of Sutton 

2nd Place: £9,000 – London Borough of Havering 

3rd Place: £8,000 – London Borough of Redbridge 

The runners up are:

  • £5,000 – London Borough of Hillingdon 
  • £5,000 – London Borough of Lewisham 
  • £5,000 – London Borough of Barking & Dagenham 
  • £5,000 – London Borough of Harrow 
  • £5,000 – London Borough of Barnet 
  • £5,000 – London Borough of Merton 
  • £5,000 – London Borough of Hounslow 


History and past winners of the competition

Since 1997 we have had some outstanding entries in this competition.

1997, the very first London Borough winning entry was Havering with their float celebrating 750 years of Romford Market. They scooped £5,000.

1998, Combined Boroughs of Greenwich and Lewisham with their DLR train ‘Light Fantastic’ powered by liveried rollerbladers.

1999, Redbridge with their float ‘Hold The Front Page’

2000, Southwark with ‘Southwark World Village 2000’

2001, Sutton, with their entry celebrating fashion and recycling

2002, Redbridge with ‘Nursery Rhyme Memories’

2003, Southwark with ‘Southwark Summers’

2004, Hammersmith and Fulham with ‘Albert and Friends Instant Circus’.

2005, The City of Westminster evoking the Spirit of Wartime London.

2006, Merton with their float ‘Merton Abbey Mills’

2007, The City of Westminster with ‘Magic of Covent Garden’ winning £7,000

2008, Ealing represented by South Connections performing ‘De Journey Now Start’

2009, Merton with ‘Merton’s Winter Wonderland’

2010, Brent with ‘Let Us Entertain You.’

2011, The City of Westminster with ‘Alice in Wonderland’

2012, Combined Westminster & Merton with their ‘Olympic & Diamond Jubilee’ entry

2013, Merton with their ‘Hats Off to London – Celebration Capital of the World’ entry

2014, The City of Westminster with ‘Westminster is Go’

2015, Enfield – with “Under your own Stream”

2016, Hillingdon with “Dreams Come True in Hillingdon”

2017, City of Westminster with ‘Mary Poppins’

2018, City of Westminster with ‘Westminster’s World of Panto’