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Jan 04 2014

Grandstand At London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2014 by Kwaku

black_history_monthHarrow’s Black History Month Group have produced an 11-minute video of the New Year’s Day Parade, and a brief article, which is below.

Had the opportunity to join Harrow Mayor Cllr Nana Asante’s party that attended London’s New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP) on a cold, wet and windy January 1st 2014.

The day started off by us getting to Whitehall in good time for breakfast at the National Liberal Club, where the sound of classical music played by a young string quintet wafted through the room.

The Mayors left earlier in an open top red bus, with the hardy Mayor’s going to the top deck to wave to the brave souls who lined down the route, which span Piccadilly to Parliament Square.

The rest of us were bused over to the Grand stands on Whitehall opposite the building that houses HM Revenue and Customs and Department for Culture, Media & Sport. In the LNYDP “goodie bags” on the seats were blankets, a souvenir brochure, and some hand warmers which promised more on the wrapper than actually delivered in warmth.

The MC did his best commenting in the rain – at one time a kindly member of the audience gave him her brolly, as his was battered by the strong winds. The sparse audience that had gathered at the start of the event surprisingly grew – it would seem a little rain was not going to stop them!

For the next few hours, there was a procession of mostly American marching bands and cheerleaders, floats from a number of London boroughs, plus a number of participants representing the Back To Swinging Sixties them, such as the mods on their scooters, the ‘Born To Be Wild’ type motorcycle rockers, the mini car, James Bond etc. Must not forget that there was a marching band all the way from Congo!

But at the end of the day, it was the borough’s efforts that I was interested in. Brent, who came 5th, had a combined football theme (Wembley stadium) and from the piano notes I saw, I guess, music (Wembley Pool/Arena). Whilst the judges’ work was difficult, I think the top three positions were on the money:
1st Westminster (Thunderbird theme)
2nd Hillingdon (EMI/60s music theme)
3rd Harrow (Thunderbird theme)

I hope this little video captures the essence of the day!

Respect to the LNYDP staff and all the participants who braved the wind, cold and rain to make sure the show went on!!!!

Filmed & edited by Kwaku
Extra footage by Ricardo Twumasi
(c) 2014 Kwaku

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1 comment

  1. sonoo malkani

    Well done Harrow!Good effort in such cold weather.Thanks to Kwaku we have a chance to re-live some of these rather special moments and get a flavour of the New Year’s Day Parade in London.
    £5000 is a welcome amount for the Mayor’s Charity.Cllr Asante must have felt very proud as she received the third prize on behalf of Harrow.Let’s hope we do even better next year..

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