Chinese New Year: London parade welcomes Year of the Snake

Performers during a parade in central London to celebrate the Chinese New Year Chinatown also hosted a number of activities with traditional craft stalls and food stands lining the streets

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Thousands of people have turned out in the rain to celebrate the Chinese New Year in central London.

A parade, starting at Trafalgar Square, saw floats and beating drums head through the city towards Chinatown.

About 100 world-renowned acts, including singers, dancers and musicians, performed in the square to welcome in the Year of the Snake.

People were also treated to a Flying Lion Dance in front of the National Gallery.

Chinatown hosted a number of activities with traditional craft stalls and food stands lining the streets.

The day of activities will conclude with a firework display.

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