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Last Updated: Thursday January 01 2009 14:40 GMT

Pics: New Year's Day parade in London

Marching band

More than 400,000 people were expected to brave the cold for the annual New Year's Day parade in London. Here's the Slinger High School marching band from Wisconsin, America

Cheerleaders

Around 10,000 performers from around the world take part in the parade - and this year that includes 1,000 cheerleaders from the USA!

Woman in red hat

This lady looks like she's looking forward to 2009!

Big Ben

The parade has been running for 23 years in the capital, and thousands of families come from far and wide to see the spectacle.

Recycling robot

Is Big Ben under attack? No this is just Mr Recycle More - the giant robot used by one London council to encourage people to recycle their stuff

Pink lady

There's loads of fun and colourful costumes on display - check out this woman's pink number