Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lord Mayor's Show in London, England

My friend called it last time Lord Mayor's Parade. Others named it Lord Mayor's Show. As long as it means the same celebration and I had a wonderful time watching this event, it really does not matter how it is called. It was raining very hard as we were on our way to witness this parade. I am very happy that once in my life I was there and was able to experience one of London's historical event, the Lord Mayor's Show. Here are some pictures I took when I visit London last 2008

the costumes of the participants are quite interesting and the horse carriages brought more attention to the watchers of this historical event. I believed, I am lucky to be there!

The Lord Mayor's Show is one of the longest established and best known annual events in London which dates back to 1535. The Lord Mayor in question is that of the City of London, the historic centre of London that is now the metropolis's financial district, informally known as the Square Mile. A new Lord Mayor is appointed every year and the public parade that is made of his inauguration reflects the fact that this was once one of the most prominent offices in England. The ancient position of Lord Mayor of the City of London has a role in the Square Mile, whilst the Mayor of London (which has existed only since 2000) is a different individual entirely, namely the elected head of the Greater London Authority.

The event is a street parade which in its modern form is a fairly light-hearted combination of traditional British pageantry and elements of carnival. On the day after being sworn in, the Lord Mayor and several others participate in a procession from the City of London to the Royal Courts of Justice in the City of Westminster, where the Lord Mayor swears his allegiance to the Crown.
more infos here


Rinkly Rimes said...

Thank you for following me!

I lived in London for five years and never once saw the Lord' Mayor's Show!

My mother had a saying.... 'After the Lord Mayor's Show comes the dust-cart' which meant that after a holiday one had to get back to boring old school!


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