Boroughs on Top of The World
…and the whole World was watching!
The London boroughs of Redbridge, Westminster and Harrow have started 2023 with the sound of cash pouring into charity coffers, thanks to London’s New Year’s Day Parade, it has been revealed.
They took the top three places in the parade’s London Borough Competition, as chosen on January 1st by a public and VIP panel.
The results, revealed at a reception for all participants, were greeted with joy and revelry by the triumphant three.
Joe Bone, the new Parade Director, thanked participants for giving the World such a fabulous show.
“You really were superb – we have been getting rave reviews from even the most far-flung places.
“Your selfless efforts have helped inject multi millions of pounds into the UK economy and proved to be the ultimate shop window for the World.”
In first place, winning £15,000 for its mayoral charities – Redbridge
In second place, winning £10,000 for its mayoral charities – Westminster
In third place, winning £5,000 for its mayoral charities – Harrow
All other borough entries received £1,000 for their own charitable good causes.
The free family event, which does not receive a penny of public funding, was screened live by more than a thousand TV stations globally.
Eight thousand performers from 20 nations performed before packed streets in the West End of London.
A street audience, estimated at 550,000, were joined by television viewers around the World, watching on over 1,000 stations that received comprehensive live coverage.
The parade, under the direction of Joe Bone for the very first time, attracted huge crowds, estimated at 550,00, to the 2-mile route through the West End and received universal acclaim.
Pop bands Toploader and Scouting for Girls, joined the 8,000 performers, from numerous nations, which included performance groups from 13 London boroughs, 24 US marching bands, stunt riders, stilt walkers, giant inflatable balloons, bag pipers, dancers and vintage vehicles, and a deal of pomp and circumstance to boot.
The iconic near 2-mile route, which runs from Piccadilly (near Green Park Station) to Parliament Sq. via Piccadilly Circus, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Sq. and Whitehall, was a veritable cultural kaleidoscope.
Images of the event can be downloaded LNYDP 2023 Pics