Record crowds ‘welcomed the World’ as they celebrated the first day of 2019 at London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

More than 650,000 spectators – a record for the turn of year tradition – packed the 2.2mile route to marvel at the annual street spectacular.

This year’s theme – ‘London Welcomes The World’ – was reflected by the 8,000 participants representing 26 nations and 15 London Boroughs.

The parade’s Executive Director Bob Bone, paid tribute to London calling it ‘the greatest city in the World’

“Well done London – you really did welcome the World.

“We put on the show – but you were the perfect platform for the best event in our 33 year history.”

More than 900 TV stations received live coverage of the event – thanks to a three and a half hour programme, produced by organisers Destination Events, relayed across the continents.

Highlights included:

  • Mentalist and illusionist Andrew Lee from Malaysia, who was a big hit on Britain’s Got Talent performed a jaw dropping illusion in the round
  • Country star Kaleb Lee from the USA teamed up with reality star Megan McKenna from Essex who wowed audiences with a rendition of Tennessee Whiskey
  • Dancers from across Latin America including Bolivia, Columbia and Equador and Chile brought some warmth to a chilly London day
  • More than 20 marching bands and 1,500 cheerleaders from the USA injected their own brand of New Year Cheer

Winners of the Borough Competition:

Each year the event raises more than £65,000 for mayoral charities across the Capital – competing for prize money in the LNYDP Borough Competition.

The winners as voted by the public and a panel of VIPs were:
1st – Sutton – winning £10,000 for their mayoral charity
2nd – Havering – winning £9,000 for their mayoral charity
3rd – Redbridge – winning £8,000 for their mayoral charity

Runners Up (each winning £5,000 for their mayoral charities are (in order): Hillingdon, Lewisham, Barking & Dagenham, Harrow, Barnet, Merton and Hounslow.

Plans for the 2020 parade are already underway.