The 2012 London New Year’s Day Parade is shaping up to be the city’s most spectacular yet, as it will launch Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee as well as the London 2012 Olympics. The parade, now in its 26th year, is the largest of its kind in the world and features more than 10,000 performers from all corners of the globe. It draws a street audience of more than half a million annually and is streamed via television and Internet to tens of millions of viewers worldwide.
The parade has a 2.2 mile route that begins at the junction of Piccadilly and Berkeley Street. As Big Ben strikes noon on New Year’s Day, thousands of performers will march the route that makes its away through some of the most memorable London landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the official residence of the Prime Minister on Downing Street and Big Ben before ending near the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral on Parliament Square. All of the groups in the parade will stop at the approach to Parliament Square to perform in front of the grandstands, where their performances will be broadcast onto 500 stations across five continents.
For more about the London New Year’s Day Parade, visit the official website.