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Chinese New Year 2020 London Parade – start time, route and road closures

City celebrations

TODAY is the start of Chinese New Year, which will see two weeks of colourful celebrations and brilliant firework displays.

For Londoners tomorrow is the chance to enjoy the festivities with a parade marking the occasion. Here's all you need to know about the event.

When is the Chinese New Year London parade?

Thousand of people will gather in the capital to enjoy music, traditional cuisine and performances tomorrow.

The parade will start at 10am from Trafalgar Square on Charing Cross Road before moving to Shaftesbury Avenue and ending in Chinatown.

A thanksgiving procession will begin at 11am in Trafalgar Square, followed by firecrackers, speeches and a Lion's Eye-Dotting Ceremony, where someone dressed in a lion costume will be given paint-dotted eyes.

What is the route and programming schedule?

From 12.50pm traditional dragon and flying lion dances will take off on the square’s main stage, before an afternoon of martial arts displays, workshops, and dance and music shows.

There will also be a martial arts and cultural zone on Charing Cross Road and a talent and community zone on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Traditional flying dragon and lion dances will take place at 12.50pm at Trafalgar Square.

The National Gallery will be holding family activities for little ones to enjoy from art and crafts and dance classes.

Which roads will be closed?

A planned number of road closures will be in place until 6.30, including Regent Street, Pall Mall and Parliament Square.

Bus routes three, six, nine and 11 all affected.

For more information, visit the official website.