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Lord Mayor of Westminster invites Memphis to London parade

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If you thought Times Square was the only location with a show stopping New Year's bash, you haven't seen London's party.

London's New Year's Day Parade and Festival features 10,000 entertainers from across the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. Out of those thousands of performers, Memphis will play a role.

Lord Mayor of Westminster Angela Harvey announced to Varsity's cheerleaders and dancers that they would be whisked away to London to be a part of the parade. It's the 25th year London has invited the group.

"The people who are on the street who are there for nearly four hours as the parade goes by just love them, just absolutely do," says Harvey, "They're quite an icon, aren't they, that year after year, rain or shine, the London parade is brighter because of what they're doing."

While the group going to the parade is still being selected, some of the cheerleaders are still eager about the opportunity. Varsity Dance Team Member Brittany Burns says, "I've seen the pictures of it. It looks amazing and it looks huge, and it's a really good opportunity to be a part of."

They will be kicking, cheering and flipping down London's streets, going by places people dream of seeing, including, "Down towards Parliament Square where there's Westminster Abbey, where a certain royal wedding took place two years ago," says Harvey.

Varsity's cheerleaders and dancers' roles in the parade include performing in front of various grand stands "before they get to the place where the international judicatures are where they put on their really big show," says Harvey.

The theme for London's New Year's Day Parade and Festival is "Hats off to London." You can follow the updates about the New Year's Day Parade and Festival on Twitter.

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