Performance of the Pakistan Segment at the London New Year's Day Parade (LNYDP), today received thunderous applause from thousands of spectators lined up on both sides of the Parade route. The Pakistan Segment featured horse dance, drum beating, regional music, colourful dresses, Kalash dance, Qawwali performance and much more. At the grand finale, the Pakistani performers cheered the spectators with their music, dance, dresses, horse dance on drum beats and Qawwali performance. Pakistani souvenirs were also distributed to the spectators along the route that cheered the atmosphere of the Parade.
Pakistan's is the only High Commission that participated in the Parade. This factor was specifically highlighted in the running commentary for TV channels. About half a million people watched the Parade on television screens when 300 TV channels telecast the Parade live across the globe. It provided Pakistan a wonderful opportunity to showcase its soft power to the world in one of the world's most influential capitals.
H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, along with his spouse, was taken to the VIP enclosure in a special carriage at the start of the Parade. Speaking to the media on this occasion, he termed High Commission's participation in LNYDP a huge step towards introducing Pakistan's true and positive face to the world.
“Today's showcasing of the cultural diversity and beauty of Pakistan, would help change perception of Our country created by the international media and promote tourism in Pakistan”, stated the High Commissioner. World has seen the beautiful face of Pakistan today, added the High Commissioner.
The Pakistan High Commission London has planned a series of cultural events to celebrate the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan and participation in the LNYDP has kick started the celebrations that would continue throughout the year 2017. Successful participation in the Parade has set the tone for the next year's events.
The London New Year's Day Parade is world's greatest street spectacular which makes it a unique occasion for the people around the world. Various countries, London Boroughs, social and cultural organisations, academic institutions, charities and other groups participate in this event. Londoners wait for this occasion the whole year as it marks the festive start of the new year.