London – Lord Mayor’s Parade, Fireworks

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Watch nearly 800 years of living history when you attend the Lord Mayor’s Investiture, Parade and Fireworks Celebration happening in the ancient City section of London, on November 14, 2009.

The History of The Lord Mayor’s Show

The Lord Mayor’s Show dates back to 1215, when cruel King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor.

For each year since, the newly elected Mayor has traveled from the special inner City of London town to the nearby Borough of Westminster, to pledge allegiance to the Crown.

This year marks the 794th Lord Mayor’s Show. These days it is more of a public celebration than a show of royal loyalty. About half a million people will turn out to watch as the colorful procession travels 1.7 miles (2.7km) across the larger part of central London.

Participants in The Lord Mayor’s Show

As the Lord Mayor’s Show is traditionally a celebration of diversity, it brings together groups from many foreign countries along with military bands and it showcases charities, community projects and more. More than 6,000 people will make the 2009 procession, all-the-while creating a walking history of London.

One of the aims of the show is to develop social and practical skills of young people in the city, and as part of this commitment there will be 4 floats from inner London community groups.

Fireworks at The Lord Mayor’s Show

The procession begins at 11am at Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s residence inside the City, a fabled part of old London. Following a military fly-over, the parade will travel down Cheapside to St Paul’s Cathedral, where the Lord Mayor will be blessed before proceeding to the nearby Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand, in Westminister.

After the Lord Mayor swears allegiance to the Sovereign there, the procession makes its way back to the City. The route takes you through the physical space where more than 1,000 years of English history has happened.

Then at 5pm, the Lord Mayor will launch a spectacular fireworks display on the Thames, between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge.

You know when you have entered the ancient, special area of the City, when you see the griffin marker in the middle of the street. I think there’s one on The Strand where it changes to Fleet Street.

Be sure to see this fantastic display of some of London’s best pageantry, as Nick Anstee, the 682nd Lord Mayor of London, makes his way to the Royal Courts in the State Coach to pledge allegiance to the Crown. The event is free.

The 794th Lord Mayor’s Show

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