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.
Lance Sergeant Sam Potts, 28, from Ruthin, was given the Cutlers' Sword at this year's Lord Mayor's Show in London for his "excellence in military skills and musical competence".
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Former ELO and Move drummer Bev Bevan powered his band through some of his 60s and 70s classics as they headlined the Lord Mayor's Show in Birmingham city centre.
Each page has a colourful illustration and the art work was used in the Lord Mayor's Show in 2012.
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