Lord Mayor's Show


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Lord Mayor's Show

Second Saturday in November
The second Friday in November is Lord Mayor's Day in London, the day on which the city's Lord Mayor is admitted to office. The following day is the Lord Mayor's Show, a series of civic ceremonies that culminate in a parade to the Law Courts held since 1215. At one time the Lord Mayor rode on horseback or traveled by state barge along the Thames, but today he rides from Guildhall to the Law Courts in a scarlet and gold coach drawn by six matched horses. This is the only time the mayoral coach is used; the rest of the time it is kept in the Museum of London.
Accompanying the coach is an honor guard of musketeers and pikemen in period dress, as well as many bands and numerous floats decorated to reflect the interests or profession of the new Lord Mayor. This colorful pageant dates back to the 13th century, when King John gave the citizens of London a charter stating that the Mayor was to be elected on September 29 and that he was to present himself either to the King or to the Royal Justices to be officially installed.
See also Election of the Lord Mayor of London
CONTACTS:
Corporation of London
Guildhall
P.O. Box 270
London, EC2P 2EJ United Kingdom
44-20-7332-1548
www.lordmayorsshow.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 199
BkDays-1864, vol. II, p. 561
BkHolWrld-1986, Nov 12
DictDays-1988, p. 69
OxYear-1999, pp. 433, 439, 652
References in classic literature ?
The dim reflection of a remembered splendour, a colourless and manifold diluted repetition of what they had beheld in proud old London -- we will not say at a royal coronation, but at a Lord Mayor's show -- might be traced in the customs which our forefathers instituted, with reference to the annual installation of magistrates.
He informed me that his father was a bargeman, and walked, in a black velvet head-dress, in the Lord Mayor's Show. He also informed me that our principal associate would be another boy whom he introduced by the - to me - extraordinary name of Mealy Potatoes.
In 1882 the The Times referred to the Lord Mayor's Show as "the far most imposing pageant which is ever seen in England" each year.(66) In 1884 the City, monitoring the public's reception of the Show, declared that it "gains in popularity year by year."(67)
THE CHAIR of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee has accused the City of London Corporation of allowing itself to be pushed around by China after the body banned Taiwan from participating in the lord mayor's show.
Reds not getting a fair deal from refs SATURDAY against Stoke was always going to be a case of after the Lord Mayor's show, I've seen it so many times in my career, as a player and a manager.
In London, the Lord Mayor's Show takes place on the second Saturday of which month?
It would lessen the feeling of 'after the Lord Mayor's show' that prevails for days after the end of the festival.
VISITORS to the Lord Mayor's Show were transported back in time to experience what it was like to live in Birmingham a century ago as the Great War raged.
Monday THE Lord Mayor's Show must go on even though Coun Mike Leddy's health issues mean he is unable to take part.
Kitty was a red-head who taught ballet and tap dancing and was famous for her charity work and her involvement with both the Lord Mayor's Annual Parade and the Lord Mayor's Show at the New Theatre.
So, this really is a celebration of all the events over the year from his presentation ceremony when Michael Bear was chosen as Lord Mayor, through to the Lord Mayor's Show, all his foreign trips, visits by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and other politicians."