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Lord Mayor’s Show
From: 2014.11.13 To: 2014.11.13
The world’s oldest civic procession has been an annual feature of London life for almost 800 years. The Lord Mayor's Show celebrates the swearing into office of the Lord Mayor who must pledge his allegiance to the sovereign before the Lord Chief Justice. Join the throngs lining the streets to see 220 vehicles, 71 floats, 13 marching bands and 21 carriages including the Lord Mayor’s gilded State Coach. The parade begins after an immaculately timed flypast by the armed forces and winds its way for over three miles from Guildhall, past St Paul's Cathedral to the Royal Courts of Justice. After the ceremony the procession returns to Mansion House. But perhaps the biggest draw is the enormous fireworks display that thunders over the River Thames in the evening. The display takes a team of eight pyrotechnicians two days to set up and includes more than half a tonne of giant fireworks, some of which shoot over 600ft into the sky.