Back Barnet in London New Year’s Day Parade
Barnet competed against London’s other boroughs for the ‘best float’ competition during the London New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP) !
Thousands of people lined central London’s streets for the New Year’s Day Parade.
The event saw 8,000 performers dance their way from Green Park to the Palace of Westminster on Monday.
Giant inflatables, marching bands, cheerleaders, Stormtroopers, community groups and donkeys joined the the two-mile (3.2km) parade route.
Joe Bone, director of the parade said: “We always have a blast on New Year’s Day.”
Groups travelled from across the globe to perform in the parade
Performers travel from around the world to take part in the display, with sequins and cultural dress proving a hit with the crowds.
The event has been taking place since 1987 but was cancelled in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.
It returned to its full glory last year, with this year’s display bringing a return of the show-stopping sparkles.
Crowds cheered as performers danced their way from Piccadilly, heading east to Piccadilly Circus, before moving south down Regent Street and St James’s, passing Pall Mall, to the finish point at Westminster.
The theme of this new year’s extravaganza was to showcase London’s boroughs to a global audience with an iconic theme past, present or in the future. The theme of Barnet’s float was BarNET ZERO, reflecting Barnet’s ambition to become net zero as a council by 2030 and as a borough by 2042.
The Worshipful Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Nagus Narenthira, said: “We’ve brought together the diverse communities of the London Borough of Barnet to put together this magnificent float. They have come together to show the importance of us all working together to become net zero as a borough by 2042 and as a council by 2030. We can do this with your help, and we hope all the good people of our borough will help us make the planet a better place for everyone.”
“We are proud of our borough’s green spaces and keen to show these off through the flower and leaf decorations on our float made by Barnet students as well as live plants, to be replanted around the borough after the parade. Our float included musicians and dancers to entertain for the parade and showcase BarNET ZERO to the world!”
A panel of judges decided on the winners of the borough competition for a share of £40,000 in money to put towards Mayoral charities.
A borough-wide effort was put into making Barnet’s float be the best it can possibly be, with input from many different groups sharing their many different talents.
The Compton School
London Youth Concert Band
Lantern Recovery Service for the float vehicle
SW Bruce for scaffolding