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A guide to the Lord Mayor's Show 2017

Watch City in the annual procession through the streets of London

by Nicola Ranson (Communications Officer)

City, University of London will be taking part in the Lord Mayor's Show on Saturday 11th November. Here is a guide to the annual event, with top tips on how to make the most of it from the parade to the fireworks.

What is the Lord Mayor’s Show?

The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the most famous annual events in London. The centuries-old tradition dates back to 1215 and is held to celebrate the newly elected Lord Mayor of London.

The show starts with a river pageant. The new Lord Mayor will travel along the Thames on the QRB Gloriana, a traditional barge, along with 24 other boats. This will be followed by a parade through the streets of the City of London and a fireworks display across the Thames.

Why does City take part?

More than 7,000 people and 200 horses take part in the parade and City’s float is one of 144 that travel the two-mile route. The procession includes livery companies, schools, charities and organisations that the Lord Mayor chooses to support during this tenure.

City has close links with the City of London and the Lord Mayor. The Lord Mayor of London held the role of Chancellor of the University until City joined the University of London in September. The Lord Mayor will become the Rector of City. This year will be the first time City has taken part since joining the University of London.

How to get involved

You can watch the Lord Mayor’s Show for free. The river pageant starts at 8.30am and can be watched from the Southbank as it travels along the Thames.

The Lord Mayor’s Procession sets off from Mansion House at 11am and a map of the route can be found on the Show’s website.

The best places to watch the procession are around Victoria Embankment, Queen Victoria Street and Fleet Street where the views are good but there are less crowds.

Make sure to look out for City’s float, which is 106th in the procession behind Rotary International. The float consists of a big red London bus along with students in academic dress.

The Show will be broadcast live on BBC One from 10:45am and the programme will be available to watch on iPlayer shortly afterwards. You can also follow the action online using the hashtag #LordMayorsShow on Twitter and Instagram.

After the parade, there will be free walking tours that leave from No 1 Poultry – the pink and yellow building opposite Mansion House. The 90-minute guided walk will take you round the City and give you a history of the Square Mile.

The firework display along the Thames, marking the end of the Lord Mayor’s Show, starts at 17.15. The best place to watch it is along the Southbank between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridge, but get there early to take your place as it can get very busy.

For more information visit the Lord Mayor’s Show website.

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