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London New Year's Day Parade 2013

Our most memorable year might have ended, but the Pandemonium Drummers keep on boshing!

The sun shone brightly as we joined the London New Year's Day Parade on 1st January 2013 in our Blue Lightbulb Bowler Hat costumes from the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony to underline the parade's motto Hats Off to London.

On position 48, the drummers were happy to finally get started after a long wait in Mayfair, although we happily entertained ourselves with a few grooves.

As we marched the streets of Westminster in neat lines, over 500,000 spectators greeted us with smiles and cheers, and occasionally the odd drummer broke ranks to let members of the public, young and old, have a go at banging on our buckets and bins.

The parade culminated in a one-minute performance on Whitehall, which was broadcast live on TV world-wide.

The Pandemonium Drummers were mentioned in most major UK newspapers, as we featured in the highlight press blurb from major press agencies.

With 80 participants, the parade was the largest gathering of Pandemonium Drummers since the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies - and we could have beaten this number easily, had we not been restricted to 80.

This demonstrates that the volunteering spirit and enthusiasm is still going strong, and you can expect many more performances in 2013!

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Photo credit: Vilma Laryea

ABOUTPandemonium Drummers

The Pandemonium Drummers were originally put together by London 2012 Ceremonies for the Pandemonium segment of Danny Boyle's spectacular Olympic Opening Ceremony. Following the Ceremony, the volunteer drummers kept on performing at a variety of events.

Based on their extensive training, they performed at other Opening Ceremonies, including the UEFA Champions League Final 2013, the FA Cup Final 2014, and the Heineken Cup Final 2014, and at a variety of large and small festivals as well as sports and community events. The Pandemonium Drummers are a returning act in London's major parades, including the London New Years' Day Parade, St Patrick's Day Parade, and the Lord Mayor's Show, and they coined Cheer Drumming, supporting runners at major sports events across the capital and beyond. The Pandemonium Drummers have supported the Special Olympics, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and a wide range of other charities.

The Pandemonium Drummers are a constituted association with charitable aims, and are working on a non-profit basis as volunteers.

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