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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 January 2006, 17:05 GMT
In pictures: New Year parade

Woman in costume

Costumed performers took part in London's annual New Year's Day parade, now in its 20th year.

Man on penny farthing bicycle

About 10,000 people from around the world took part.

American cheerleader

Cheerleader troupes kept the crowds around the city entertained.

Brass band player

Bands added to the atmosphere as the procession followed its two-mile route from Parliament Square to Piccadilly.

Clowns in front of Big Ben

Clowns took to the streets, as well as giant inflatable cartoon characters, mods and rockers and vintage cars.

Band wearing raincoats

And the parade marched on despite damp London weather.

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