[London, December 30. Image via Getty.]

A member of The Saitama Sakae Baton Team from Japan rehearses in Trafalgar Square for the New Years Day Parade on December 30, 2009 in London, England. 8,500 performers will join cheerleaders, bandsmen, vintage vehicles, clowns and dancers on the parade through central London on New Years Day - a crowd of 500,000 is expected to line the streets. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)