Thousands bring in Chinese New Year
Published 10/02/2013 | 14:36
Thousands of people braved the rain to pack into Trafalgar Square in central London to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Music, dancing and fireworks displays kept up the crowd's spirits as they saw in the Year of the Snake.
Performers from China and the UK wore intricate and colourful costumes as they paraded through the streets of China Town, before dignitaries took part in a traditional Dragon Eyes Dotting Ceremony on the Trafalgar Square stage.
The hardy revellers were then treated to a dramatic Flying Lion Dance in front of the iconic facade of the National Gallery.