The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the oldest annual events in London, dating back to 1215, when King John granted the City of London a Charter which allowed the citizen’s to elect their own Mayor. Part of the deal was that each Mayor had to go swear fealty to the crown, so every year the Mayor had to travel from the City of London to Westminster. The English being the English, this annual journey gradually gathered so much pomp and circumstance that it came to be known as the Lord Mayor’s Show.
The year I was there, it was a rainy, miserable day. I got there very early, and so was able to secure one of the few dry vantage points under some scaffolding, something I was grateful the weather got steadily worse. Still, the pictures were worth it.
And for the musically inclined amongst us, please note that the marching boy is playing a Glockenspiel, not a xylophone. I didn’t know they made marching versions of either instrument, but apparently they do!