Half a million people lined London’s streets to watch a New Year parade to thank Olympic volunteers including 400 Games Makers from the Olympics who were the guests of honour. Organisers said more than 500,000 people watched the parade which signalled the end of a year that saw London host the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Parade made its way past some of the capital’s best-known landmarks, including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament. Spectators basked in sunshine today as London welcomed 2013 with a New Year’s Day parade that celebrated the city’s Olympics glory. Organisers said more than 500,000 people had enjoyed the fair weather as floats, cheerleaders and brass bands marched through the centre of the capital. The stars of the show were the Olympic volunteers who welcomed the world to London in the summer and helped make the Games such a success.
During the parade Crowds were entertained by Floats representing London’s boroughs, the Pandemonium Drummers, whose performance was also one of the Olympics opening ceremony’s highlights, Members of the Magical Bolivia troupe and Members of the All American Cheerleaders and Dancers ‘Starships’ also performed, Speciality kites by Nasser Volant were also flying, and Various animals featured. Del boy’s Reliant Regal Supervan from Only Fools and Horses car also took part in the annual parade, as did the The Walker Valley High School ‘Mustang Band’and The Merrydowners Morris Dancing Troupe. The parade made its way past some of the capital’s best-known landmarks, including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament.