Linda in the Student Life office sends her weekend recommendation – the longest running annual event in London (dating back to 1535!), The 476th Annual Lord Mayor’s Show!
Didn’t get your fill of fireworks last weekend? Well this Saturday the Lord Mayor’s Show has its traditional climax with a free celebration that promises to got with a bang. There will be a fabulous firework display starting at 5pm from a barge moored between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. Try to get there early to grab a position on one of the bridges – otherwise you can watch from the riverbank.
But the fireworks are just the end of a whole day of festivities, all to welcome the new (684th) Lord Mayor of the City of London into office. There will be a three mile long parade of carriages (including the 253 year old, gold Lord Mayor’s State Coach), floats and marching bands, plus the Paraiso Samba School. It’s the longest, most popular civic procession in the world, and quite the spectacle so don’t miss it!
The main procession is scheduled to start from Mansion House at 11am, with an RAF fly past to get the ball rolling. There’ll be loads to see and to do and you can read all about it on the The Lord Mayor’s Show website. Traditionally the procession goes past St Pauls Cathedral so there might be some minor alterations in the route in light of the current protest. You’ll also find details of the route from Time Out.
Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and ENJOY!