Would you believe it? Every year on New Year’s Day, a big American-style parade traverses the streets of London. And for a pretty unpopular event, it’s actually managed to make it to its twentieth anniversary. The streets from Westminster to Piccadilly seemed to be mostly lined by small hoardes of tourists like ourselves (most Brits were probably in bed nursing hangovers).
The floats ranged from truly naff – Council floats from various London boroughs; to resplendent – imported American marching bands and cheerleaders. And you know what? I loved the pomp of the American floats – it recalled to mind all the American teen books I used to read where girls stressed about cheerleader tryouts and the nerdy kids edited yearbooks and joined the school band. One day I’m definitely going to make it to the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade in NYC – or at the very least, witness a homecoming parade through a small town in middle America.