The World's Biggest New Year Parade
New Rhythms, New Costumes, New Performers
Press EchoOur contribution to the parade featured on BBC London News, and a photographer from the Press Association managed to capture a great shot, which was distributed to news outlets world-wide, which you might have seen on ITV, Huffington Post, Mirror, Evening Standard and elsewhere.
The journalists could not quite decide whether our drum captain represented John Lennon (ITV) or Jethro Tull (Evening Standard).
Just before the start of the parade, a TV interview featured a small group of drummers including Pandemonium Drummers Secretary, who reminded the audience of our role in the London 2012 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Our photographer Vilma Laryea captured us on multiple points along the parade route:
2014 London New Year's Day Parade Photo Gallery
Photos by Vilma Laryea
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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