On a cold and crisp November morning, crowds of well-wishers lined the streets of the City of London for the 804th Lord Mayor’s Show. Despite the forecast, the parade was dry as the wet weather held off until after lunch. The show was its usual mix of formal and fun with something for all the spectators gathered along the parade route to enjoy. The procession was launched by the fly-past of a RAF Airbus A400-F and the newly-installed Rt Hon Lord Mayor William Russell taking his seat at the front of the balcony at Mansion House.
A huge array of floats made up the parade of more than 6000 participants, including the traditional marching bands, military detachments, carriages and ceremonial displays mixed together with the dance troupes, inflatables, and several giant robotic contraptions. The China Chamber of Commerce’s display of a group of pandas and colourful dancers overseen by a docile dragon was a particularly striking highlight.
The 151 Regiment of the Royal Logistics Corp featured a range of military vehicles and hardware on their float as well as both regulars and reservists. They also paraded a 1940s Bedford which carried a banner highlighting the Company’s support of the Regiment.
The most enthusiastic waving, cheering and applause was reserved for the recently-sworn in Lord Mayor. The outbound parade was brought to a close by the restored State Coach pulled by six horses.
The new Rt Hon Lord Mayor continues his family tradition by becoming the fifth member to serve as Lord Mayor of London. In his role as Ambassador to the City of London and to the Financial and Professional Services industry, the Rt Hon Lord Mayor William Russell will be promoting his theme of Global UK through trade, innovation and culture during his year in office.
The Marketors then moved to Cote Brasserie on Ludgate Hill for a warming lunch, which was a welcome respite from the cold. It was a well-attended and lively event with around 50 Marketors and their guests celebrating the Lord Mayor’s Show.
The festivities were not limited to the parade itself, as Paternoster Square and St Paul’s Churchyard played host to a Show Zone. This featured a range of rides and amusements for children and adults alike with school bands, choirs and other entertainment.
The day of celebration continued into the afternoon with large crowds, despite the wet weather and a good day out was had by all.
Photos by Carole Seawert