Kite runner set to help New Year’s Day parade soar

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Over 50 kites and 20 birds of prey carrying the Queen’s official logo will line the 2.2-mile route of the London New Year’s Day Parade, the first event to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. An Afghan kite-runner is travelling to London to aid the New Year’s Day celebrations – Nasser Volant has been commissioned to fly dozens of kites, which will be seen by an expected audience of 500,000. Russell – and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Flavia Cacace – will also perform and join more than 8,000 performers from numerous nations include many representing London boroughs, more than 1,000 cheerleaders and 17 marching bands from the USA.