Okeydoke, Anglophiles, it's now time to roar into 2013.....Cheers!
Those in the UK know about the New Year's Day Parade in London, but many Anglophiles on this side of the pond may not. The parade, now 28 years old, begins outside the Ritz Hotel and concludes on Parliament Street, passing many famous Central London landmarks along the way--such as Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, and Westminster Abbey.
The parade, one of the largest in the world, boasts over 10,000 performers. Beginning shortly before noon, it's three hours long and draws a street-side audience of a half million people and participants from all over the world. Jazz bands. Classical musicians. Choirs. Dancers. Clowns. Cycling clubs. Animals. Cheerleaders. Marching bands.
If I dare say so, one of the more admirable qualities of British society is the propensity for charitable giving--so I especially love the fact that the parade is used to raise funds for charities.
You go, Britain!