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Coronavirus: London New Year's Day parade to be static show

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image captionThe annual event has taken place in the capital every year since 1986

London's New Year's Day parade will go ahead in 2021 as a studio-based programme to be shown online and on TV.

Instead of thousands of performers dancing through the streets on 1 January, artists and groups will feature in a "festive global TV party".

Executive director Bob Bone said it is hoped the performances would "give London a lift" during the pandemic.

The parade, which launched in 1986, is thought to attract half a million spectators.

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image captionSome 10,000 performers took part in 2020's parade
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image captionThe 2021 event will be shown online and shown on TV

Artists such as Sophie Ellis-Bextor will feature in the programme as well as community and cultural performance groups.

Organisers said they wanted to show viewers around the world that "London is reopening for business and 'welcomes them back'".

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image captionThe parade has raised more than £1.5m for mayoral charities since it began

The event will be streamed from 12:00 GMT on the London New Year's Day parade website, as well as being broadcast in the UK and across the US on American Public Television.

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