About The Lord Mayor's Show:
Henry Fitzailwyn was London's first Lord Mayor in 1189 and the first Lord Mayor's Show was in 1215. The reason for the procession is for the Lord Mayor to pledge his allegiance to the Crown (the current king or queen).
The new Lord Mayor is required to swear a pledge his allegiance in front of the Lord Chief Justice and Judges of the Queen's Bench Division, hence the route from Mansion House in the City of London (the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London) to the Royal Courts of Justice.
The Lord Mayor's Show was the first event to be broadcast live on television. The BBC cameras film from Mansion House each year to an audience of millions.
2014 Date: Saturday 8 November 2014
The Lord Mayor's Show is an annual London event on the 2nd Saturday in November.
More than 6,000 people of all ages take part in the three mile long procession. Arrive early; by 10.30am the route is always full of spectators. See the Procession timetable.
Start: 11am: A military flypast over Mansion House marks the beginning of the parade to celebrate the inaugural outing of the 683rd Lord Mayor of the City of London. The procession travels to St Paul's Cathedral, where the new Lord Mayor is blessed by the Dean of St Paul's before the procession carries on to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears an oath of allegiance to the sovereign.
1pm: The processions then sets off on the return journey along Victoria Embankment to Mansion House, where the newly sworn-in Lord Mayor arrives to be greeted by the City Aldermen and Livery Company Masters in their colourful gowns.
5pm: The new Lord Mayor launches an amazing half hour firework display. The fireworks are launched from a barge moored on the River Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. The organizers recommend watching from Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, or anywhere on the South Bank between the National Theatre and the Tate Modern. (Note: Blackfriars Bridge is reserved for disabled people and families with small children.)
Free Walking Tours:
As usual, the Cityguides will be providing free guided walks after the Lord Mayor's Show. Walks will be leaving No.1 Poultry between 3pm and 4.30pm. Each walk will last approx. 1 hour finishing at Blackfriars. The walks are free on a turn up and go basis, but there will be a collection for the Lord Mayor's charities.
Where To Watch the Procession:
Anywhere along the route will give you a good view but the organizers recommend, for the return journey, Queen Victoria Street and Embankment.
Official Website: www.lordmayorsshow.org