Horses take to the streets for New Year’s Day parade

  • Horses will take to the streets of London tomorrow (Thursday 1 January) as part of the New Year’s Day Parade.

    “All the Queen’s Horses” will see horses and carriages, side saddle riders and Iberian horse teams strutting their stuff through the capital.

    More than 8,500 performers representing 20 countries worldwide will assemble for the 2015 parade, and among them will be three teams of riders and 75 horses.

    There will also be jugglers, cheerleaders, acrobats, clowns and marching bands.

    London’s New Year’s Day Parade attracts a worldwide TV audience of nearly 300m while two thirds of a million people turn out to support on the streets.

    The riders have been invited from all over the UK, while some will travel from as far afield as Belgium to appear in the parade.

    They range from just six-years-old through to their late 70s and will all be helping to raise the profile of horses and equestrianism.

    Earlier this month side saddle riders Hanna Louise Brown and Sophie Brown represented “the travel mode of horses” as they posed with the the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Westminster Council Audrey Lewis, a Pearly King and Queen and a Mod for the press in Whitehall to promote the day (pictured).

    “As ever, we are throughly looking forward to this years parade and have some fabulous and outstanding costumes celebrating the theme,” said organiser Caroline Marsh.

    “With so much time and effort taken in the planning, the parade is always a show-stopping element of the event.”

    The equestrian element of the parade starts at 11.45am at Piccadilly Circus and follows the route up through Waterloo Place and Trafalgar Square Whitehall, Parliament Square- Horse Guards — ending at Buckingham Palace. It is around 1.25 miles.

    This year’s theme is “London Moving” while previous themes include Swinging Sixties, Hats Off To London and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

    For more information visit: www.allthequeenshorses.co.uk

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