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Photo: New Years Parade in London.

Since 1987, London has been seen in every New Year with a happy knee in the air in the streets, in the form of the New Year’s Day Parade – until 2021, that is. For obvious reasons, the parade didn’t take place in January 2021. It’s back in 2022, but with a few major changes, the main one being that you won’t see it without a ticket this year. More details below.

When and where is the London New Years Parade 2022?

The parade takes place in central London on Saturday January 1, 2022 from 1 p.m. This year the location is Waterloo Place, rather than the usual long drive between Piccadilly and Whitehall. Exact details will only be revealed to ticket holders, presumably to prevent large crowds from gathering.

Do I need a ticket for the New Years Parade in London?

Varsity Spirit Cheerleaders at a previous parade. Photo: LNYDP

Yes, for the first time, the organizers of the NYD Parade say that only those who have a ticket will be able to see the festivities, and it will not be available to spectators without tickets.

Tickets cost £ 35 and are available now, although they are expected to sell out soon. Your ticket gives you access to one of the three seats in the grandstand in front of the performance hall.

In the past, between half a million to a million people (depending on which source you believe) lined the streets of London to watch it each year, so it’s understandable that organizers have taken the ticket booth route to avoid large crowds this time around.

It’s not the only event that plays out differently this year – Winter Wonderland is a ticket to Christmas, and the main New Years celebrations in London are taking place in Trafalgar Square this year.

How to watch the New Years Parade in London 2022 without a ticket

The London Chinatown Chinese Association in a previous New Years Parade. Photo: LNYDP

If tickets are sold out or you don’t feel like spending £ 35 per person to watch in person, there is an alternative. A live stream of this year’s event will be available online, which we think is a great idea. Not standing in the rain, jostling with the crowd, queuing for the bathroom, traveling with a hangover … a much quieter start to the year. Keep an eye on the website for more details on this live broadcast.

Who attends the London New Year’s Day Parade 2022?

Boogie Storm is one of this year’s participants

Participants in this year’s parade are revealed on the website week after week, and so far it’s shaping up to be more of a riot, with the following acts confirmed:

  • Bloco Fogo samba reggae group
  • City of London Brass Band
  • Panash Steel Orchestra United Kingdom
  • The Stormtrooper Boogie Storm Dance Troupe, which you might recognize from Britain’s Got Talent
  • Lions, Dragons and Dancing Drums of the London Chinatown Chinese Association
  • Dinosaurs and monsters courtesy of Creature Events Costume Specialists
  • Various American high school and college bands

The London New Year’s Day Parade 2022 takes place on January 1, 2022. Check the website for more information and to book tickets.

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