LNYDP Patron, former Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster 2004-05
Welcome to London's New Year's Day Parade, the showtime theme next year will ensure that 2018 starts off with an uplifting spectacle which will give pleasure to us all whether in London or the other side of the world. As a Patron of the Parade I know how much work goes in to preparing for this fantastic event, not only is a great deal of time and effort dedicated to showcasing the talents of so many entries, but also to raising funds for chosen charities.
It is a privilege to be able to celebrate each groups' achievements as we watch them go by. We will all have a memorable day here in Westminster and particular thanks must go to the whole community, spectators, volunteers and participants alike, for being part of this spectacular show to celebrate 32 years.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Built Environment Westminster City Council
London's New Year's Day Parade has become a firm fixture in the capital's calendar, serving as a fantastic curtain raiser for the year for three decades now. 2018 will mark the Parade's 32nd year bringing colour and song to some of London's most recognisable streets.
Fittingly, the theme for next year's Parade is film, with entrants being challenged to fill the audience with wonder and amazement. I am sure all the competitors will do the Parade proud and help celebrate the New Year with all the sparkle and razzamatazz that it deserves.
So I wish the best of luck to all Parade participants and hope that everyone enjoys a very happy New Year.
The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster
I am delighted that London's New Year's Day Parade will, once again, be taking place in Westminster. The 2.2mile route of the parade allows hundreds of thousands of people to see the spectacle first hand and millions more to view it on TV.
It is, without doubt, one of the great highlights of the year in London and an outstanding way to start 2018. This year the Parade will be celebrating 32 magical years of the Parade and promises to bring a fantastic array bands and cheerleaders.
I congratulate the organisers on this, and offer my best wishes to all the thousands of people from across the world who will be taking part. My best wishes too for the year ahead to all who are coming to Westminster to witness the event.
New Years’ Day should always be full of hope and expectation and nowhere more so than in this great world City of London.
London’s New Year’s Day Parade gives us a vision of a City of many tongues and peoples united in celebration, sharing our common humanity and looking for a better, more peaceful and just world in 2018.
I hope that next year the parade will inspire us and channel our compassion into the many charities which will benefit from the surfeit of goodwill.
Even with the mortality tables edging ever upwards, thirty one years is not far short of half a life time. It is anyway longer than the life span of many of next year's participants.
No one should be surprised that London's New Year's Day Parade is now an established and keenly awaited fixture in the city's calendar. If Vox Populi is the gauge that the Romans alleged it is, then the mere fact that three hundred million viewers have television access to the Parade is surely significant.
A resounding welcome, in any case, to the thousands of viewers and participants. This exuberant event is a joyful prelude to a year which we hope will brim with happiness and success.
The New Year is typically a time for resolutions, for fresh commitments to living better, to acting generously, to being happier. Of course, as we all know, whatever resolutions we have made, we fail to sustain.
So, often we fail to make any resolution at all, or do it halfheartedly, or simply give up trying to be good, generous and happy. I recognise that part of our human condition is to aspire to live better, to act generously and in consequence to be happier. But, sadly and regrettably, we fail to live up to our aspirations.
None of us achieves our goals in this regard. As a Christian, I believe that Jesus Christ, as the only perfect human being ever to have lived and as our Saviour, can enable us to overcome our weaknesses.
So, let us renew our commitment to a better way of life in 2018.