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Thousands celebrate Chinese New Year in London

Chinese New Year Celebrations in London Image copyright @GlobeGrad Cait Burns
Image caption More than 1,000 performers and volunteers took part in the event to welcome the year of the sheep

Thousands of people have joined the lavish celebrations in London to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

The parade started in Trafalgar Square where hand-crafted floats led a procession to Shaftesbury Avenue.

Crowds were entertained with music, dance and acrobatics in Charing Cross Road, Leicester Square and Chinatown.

The London celebrations for the year of the sheep are the largest in the UK with more than 1,000 performers and volunteers taking part.

Organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association, the event included lion dances throughout Chinatown along with the Cultures of China, Festival of Spring show and a drum show by The Red Poppy Ladies Percussion in Trafalgar Square.

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