This Saturday, the 10th of November, a 798-year-old celebration will take place around Central London: the Lord Mayor’s Show, consisting of a 3-mile long parade and an incredible fireworks display.
The parade dates back to 1215, when King John created the elected position of Lord Mayor. Paranoid, the king required that each newly elected Mayor travel up the Thames from the City of London to Westminster where he would swear his loyalty to the monarch. As Lord Mayor was the most honoured position a commoner could obtain, the event was hugely celebrated, leading to the establishment of the annual show.
Though the parade typically begins at exactly 11am, the procession will open with two minutes of silence this year in honour of Armistice Day on Sunday. 7,000 participants will then depart from Mansion House and make their way along a route that stops by St. Paul’s and the Royal Courts. The parade includes the historic wicker giants Gog and Magog, a 250-year-old coach for the Mayor’s procession, and a host of other enthusiastic participants. Around 2pm, the parade will finally conclude by making its way back to Mansion House.
To mark the end of the Mayor’s Show and the start of the new mayoral year, the Lord Mayor will set off fireworks over the Thames. Though you can watch the fireworks from a number of vantage points, Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges will be closed to traffic and will provide some of the best views of London’s most extravagant fireworks display.
Join the City of London tomorrow in the centuries-old Lord Mayor’s Show and take part in one of London’s most historic and treasured traditions.