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The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Jamie Cullum, winner of the Voice Molly Hocking and performance groups from across the Capital are all to be featured in a festive global TV party – hosted by London’s New Year’s Day Parade.

Their message loud and clear is that London is reopening for business and ‘welcomes them back’.

Organisers are refusing to let the Covid crisis interrupt plans to send an uplifting TV wake up call to millions across continents and are creating a virtual Welcome Back message to the World.

As ever the World will be watching as it’s streamed on the parade website (www.lnydp.com), screened by London Live in the UK and on the American Public Television network to screen the full 90-minute extravaganza on New Year’s Day.

LNYDP, was the last organisation to hold a major event in the Capital prior to Lockdown – is ensuring that despite restrictions surrounding the Covid crisis the parade will (albeit in a different format), for the 35th year running, ring in the New Year.

Bob Bone, CEO of Destination Events Ltd, which owns the rights and operates LNYDP said: “Yes It’s going to look a little different – but I am delighted to say we are back to give London a lift.

“We felt it imperative that we didn’t let the turn of year tradition lapse even for a year, but instead wanted to tell the World that London is buzzing once more and, when circumstances permit, the most amazing place to visit.”

But the man known as ‘Mr New Year’ – pledged a return to his roots in 2002 with a live physical event in the heart of the West End of London.

“We are going to get back to our roots on January 1st, 2022 with more than half a million on the streets of London and 10,000 performers giving London a lift.”

Also appearing on the programme are numerous US marching bands and cheerleaders that have been forced to defer their performance trips to 2021/22.

The show is being screened in the UK on London Live – and streamed online. Plans for a live return of the turn-of-year tradition in the West End of London on January 1st 2022 are already well in hand.