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POMP and CEREMONY - The LORD MAYOR'S PARADE

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The Lord Mayor's Show is one of the longest established and best known annual events in London which dates back to 1535.The Lord Mayor in question is that of the City of London the historic centre of London that is now the metropolis's financial district, informally known as the Square Mile. A new Lord Mayor is appointed every year and the public parade that is made of his inauguration reflects the fact that this was once one of the most prominent offices in England.

The event is a street parade which in its modern form is a fairly light-hearted combination of traditional British pageantry and elements of carnival. On the day after being sworn in, the Lord Mayor and several others participate in a procession from the City of London to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears his allegiance to the Crown.

Around 6,000 people will be involved in the event alongside carriages, marching bands, floats and other vehicles.The procession itself is just under three miles long, and promises to be a memorable sight as it makes its way from The City to the Royal Courts of Justice.

The Parade itself lasts for just over 1 hour, from start to finish.

We will meet first in the bar (as above) and then head down to the embankment to see the whole of the parade on the return journey to the City of London.

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