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.
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.
London boroughs competed for a large cash prize pot for their respective mayoral charities with entries reflecting the parade theme ‘London Welcomes the World’.
1st Place: £10,000 – London Borough of Brent
2nd Place: £9,000 – London Borough of Richmond
3rd Place: £8,000 – London Borough of Sutton
4th Place: £7,000 – London Borough of Wandsworth
5th Place: £6,000 – London Borough of Barnet
Other top ten winners include:
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’
2019, London Borough of Sutton
2020, London Borough of Brent