Londoners are being reminded to keep Saturday 14th November free to enjoy the splendour of the annual Lord Mayor’s Show.
The annual event dates back to 1215 and marks the formal ascendance to office of the new Lord Mayor, who is elected every year.
By tradition the new Lord Mayor is required to swear a pledge of allegiance to the Sovereign in front of the Lord Chief Justice and Judges of the Queen’s Bench Division.
This year’s show, the 794th to be held, will include floats sponsored by the City of London Corporation to enable community groups inner-London – from Hackney-based youth group Tropical Isles, the City of London Academy (Southwark), the International Dance and Music Centre and homeless project Streetwise Opera – to take part.
In total more than 60 organisations, including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the British Red Cross Society, will be participating in the show.
Stating at 11am, the procession will begin at the Mansion House following a military flypast. It will travel from Mansion House, down Cheapside to St Paul’s Cathedral, where the Lord Mayor will arrive at 12.10pm to be blessed before proceeding to the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. There he swears allegiance to the Sovereign. The procession then makes its way back to the City, finishing at 2pm.
At 5pm the Lord Mayor will light the touch paper to the spectacular Lord Mayor’s Fireworks display on the river Thames, between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge.
DATE: Saturday 14th November
TIME: 11am – 2pm (Fireworks 5pm)
TUBE: Bank, Mansion House, St Paul’s