Hundreds of thousands celebrate at Chinese New Year parade in London

Chinese New Year in London take place in the West End today (Picture: Sean Dempsey)

Chinese New Year in London take place in the West End today (Picture: Sean Dempsey)

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Up to 500,000 people are expected along today’s route of Chinese New Year celebration parade in central London.

Chinese New Year in central London 2014. Pic by Keith LarbyChinese New Year in central London 2014. Pic by Keith Larby

The fun began at 10am with parade from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue with huge ornate floats, a Chinese lion and dragon teams.

See our amazing picture gallery from the event.

Musicians, acrobats, martial artists and magicians helped keep crowds entertained as the event moved into Trafalgar Square where the Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance was due to happen.

Hundreds of artists have flown over for the momentous occasion. Last year’s celebrations drew around 500,000 spectators.

Chinese New Year in central London 2014. Pic by Keith LarbyChinese New Year in central London 2014. Pic by Keith Larby

London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the biggest outside of China.

See today’s programme of events
and the London Chinese New Year parade route.

Please send your photos to kate.nelson@archant.co.uk or tweet London24.

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