London (Staff Report): Recently, Pakistan took part in the London New Year Day Parade (LNYDP), commemorating its 70 years of independence in characteristically lively style.
Yesterday morning, the colorful Pakistani New Year Parade took place in London, receiving a lot of applause and praise as it made its way through the crowded streets of London.
High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas and other officials of the High Commission led and prepared the parade.
This was the first time ever that the High Commission participated in the LNYDP. It was watched by 0.5 million viewers and telecast live on 300 different television channels all across the globe.
The highlights from the parade that has got everyone talking are here:
The LNYDP started off at Green Park Tube station. It went through Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and then it finally ended in Parliament Square.
In the Parade, 20 different nations represented themselves and Pakistan was one of them in the list of 20.
In the Pakistani segment of the parade, people were dressed in traditional clothes representing all the provinces of our country. They passed through the streets dancing to traditional music and folk tunes accompanied by dhols and dancing horses.
Souvenirs from Pakistan were also distributed among the crowd which appreciated the gesture with applause and cheers.
Syed Ibne Abbas, hoping that Pakistan would receive a lot more tourists as a result of this Parade, said that “it was clear that people from all over the world liked the Pakistani contingent and praised the colors of Pakistan”.