The weather was kind, the crowds welcoming and for those equestrians who participated in the London New Year's Day Parade under the hugely popular 'All The Queen's Horses' section, it was certainly another fantastic event to remember by all who took part in this annual event.
Eleven months of planning by the riders, helpers and organisers ensured that for two miles, through some of the most famous streets of London, the crowds were treated to a spectacle of colour and entertainment courtesy of 'All The Queen's Horses' with magnificent costumes for both equine and humans!
The theme this year, ‘Circus & The Showman’, certainly offered plenty of inspiration for the 60 horses and equestrians who took part, introducing their unique interpretations to the delighted crowds that lined the streets.
From colourful clowns, through to performing acrobats on horseback to lion and elephant inspired costumes, the level of commitment and passion from those who participated in this year's event was outstanding, as Caroline Marsh, organiser and ‘All The Queen's Horses’ founder explained:
"This year's event was our best yet. The horses, riders and helpers never cease to amaze me with their enthusiasm, support and creativity when it comes to their costumes. Months of hard work is over in a matter of hours, but the buzz we all get from being involved is so strong that as soon as we head back to base camp after the parade, we are already talking about next year!"
"I need to thank everyone who helped us this year from my team of helpers, the riders, handlers, the transport drivers and our wonderful vet, Michael Byers from Shotters and Byers, all of whom, we couldn't do this event without!"
Caroline went on to add:
"If you have never been to the parade, you really are missing out on one of London's greatest free to attend events. There is loads for the family to enjoy and the equestrian element is a huge pull for the crowds."
Photography by Jo Monck