In Pictures: London's New Year's Day parade

Around 500,000 people lined the capital's streets to watch the annual London New Year's Day parade.

More than 8,000 performers from dancers to marching bands, historic vehicles to motorcycle stuntmen entertained the crowds on the route from Green Park Tube station to Parliament Square.

London New Year's Day parade
Cheerleaders show off their skills in the London New Year's Day Parade (Yui Mok/PA)

London New Year's Day parade
A Chinese dragon heads along the route of the parade (Yui Mok/PA)

London New Year's Day Parade 2018
Many performers took to horseback for the parade (Yui Mok/PA)

London New Year parade
Waiting for the Force... people dressed as Stars Wars stormtroopers and Big Bird at the start of the parade (Matt Dunham/AP)

London New Year's Day Parade 2018
Cheerleaders in formation at the parade (Yui Mok/PA)

London New Year's Day Parade 2018
Performers represented the London boroughs and countries from across the globe (Yui Mok/PA)

London New Year's Day Parade 2018
A motorcyclist jumps over a four-wheel drive vehicle to the delight of the crowds (Yui Mok/PA)

London New Year's Day Parade 2018
One of the marching bands in the parade (Yui Mok/PA)

London New Year's Day Parade 2018
Puppeteers manoeuvre their beast along the route (Yui Mok/PA)

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