The London New Year’s Day Parade takes place every year in the West End of London. It raises money for local charities. Every year people from all of the 32 boroughs of London are encouraged to take part. This year a record breaking 650,000 people came to view the 32nd annual tradition. The event was broadcasted live to more than 600 TV stations and was named “the best yet” by viewers. Bob Bone, Executive Director of the parade said: “The whole World was watching – and wow did we give them something worth looking at. The reaction on the street and online has been immensely gratifying.”

London’s New Year’s Day Parade started at 12pm in Piccadilly Circus and visited some of the most famous places in London such as Regent Street, Waterloo and Trafalgar square.

This even trended number 1 on twitter throughout the day and was considered a huge success with the millions of people watching on TV. From this event more than £80,000 was raised for good causes across the London with Westminster coming in first place raising an amazing £10,000 with an intriguing pantomime entry. In second place came Harrow raising £9,000 and in third was Hounslow raising £8,000.

However in tenth place came Merton raising £1000. Merton’s float was supported by local businesses and volunteers, including members of Merton and Morden Guild, councillors and council officers. This may not seem like much but even the smallest amount of money can do a lot of good, helping those who are in need in and around England.