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New Year parade entertains crowds
Cheerleaders in parade
Cheerleaders from the US took part in the parade
Thousands of performers representing countries from across the globe have entertained the crowds at the 22nd New Year's Day Parade in London.

Organisers predicted 500,000 people would turn out to watch the spectacle as it made its way from Parliament Square to Piccadilly.

Marching bands, dancing troupes and carnival queens followed the two-mile procession route.

Millions were expected to see the event as it was beamed across the world.

Tourism boost

Executive director Bob Bone said the parade provided a significant boost to tourism throughout the year.

He said it ensured that "TV pictures of this wonderful city are screened around the world at the peak of this crucial time when people decide where to take a holiday".

Up to 3,000 performers from the US were due to take part in the festival which raises money for charity.

The three-hour parade followed a route along Whitehall to Trafalgar Square, then into Cockspur Street and Pall Mall, up Lower Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus and then left along Piccadilly.

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