London New Year’s Day Parade 2024: Route, lineup and ticket details

From parade routes to the line up here’s everything you need to know about this year’s London New Year’s Day parade.

For those who may have not secured tickets for the New Year’s Eve fireworks, may we interest you in London’s New Year’s Day parade (LNYDP)?

The annual event has been running since 1987 featuring live music, dancers, marching bands, cheerleaders, and a whole programme of outdoor and indoor performances.

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LNYDP attracts over 10,000 participants from the USA, UK, Europe every year with around half a million people lining London’s streets to watch the procession.

The parade is used to raise funds for charities in London and representatives from each of the 32 London boroughs are encouraged to take part as a "borough entry", judged as part of the event.

From parade routes to the line up here's everything you need to know about this year's London New Year's Day parade.

London's New Year's Day ParadeLondon's New Year's Day Parade
London's New Year's Day Parade

When is the London New Year’s Day Parade 2024?

This year’s parade will start at 12pm on Monday January 1 2024 in Green Park and will finish in Westminster at around 3.30pm.

What is the route?

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The parade begins at Green Park and then heads east to Piccadilly Circus, skirts around Eros before moving south down Regent Street St James's. 

Then it's left down Pall Mall, a quick march past Trafalgar Square, and along Whitehall to the finish point at Westminster. 

The entire procession takes around three hours. Here is a full map of the route.

Who is involved in the London New Year's Day Parade?

Among the participants in this year's parade are:

Singer Chesney Hawkes - performing live on stage.

Boyzlife- (made up of Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden from Boyzone and Westlife)

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Carnaval Del Pueblo-  celebrating Latin American music, dance and culture.

London's Chinese Communities - with dancing dragons and lions, and Chinese drummers.

Megaflatables - Five giant inflatable balloons, each up to 20 ft high, bobbing along the route. 

The Ostler Carriages - carrying the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster, representative of the Lord-lieutenant of Greater London, Chairman of the London Mayors Association and the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

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Other participants include representatives from some London boroughs, Aston Martin and Mini owners' clubs, and a number of American high school bands who fly in for the occasion each year.

Do I need a ticket?

Seated tickets in the grandstand have sold out for this year’s parade but anyone is welcome to stand at any point of the parade route and watch for free.

You can also watch the event at home on London Live, Free View 8, Sky 117 & Virgin 159.