The Lord Mayor's Show has floated, rolled, trotted, marched and occasionally fought its way through almost 800 years of London history, survived the black death and the blitz and arrived in the 21st century as one of the world’s best-loved pageants.
Thanks to the caution of King John, every year the newly-elected Lord Mayor of London must leave the City and travel to Westminster to swear loyalty to the crown. With him goes the ancient, magnificent procession that has come to be known as the Lord Mayor's Show. The modern procession is over three and a half miles long and fills the whole space between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until about 2.30pm, cheered by a crowd of around half a million people and watched live on the BBC by millions more.
You are warmly invited to come to the City of London on November the 9th and take your place in 800 years of turbulent London history. This site should have all the information you need to make the most of your day at the Show. If anything is missing, please tweet @lordmayors_show or write to will at lordmayorshow.org and for the latest news, please follow our twitter feed.
Take part in 2013
Participation in the Lord Mayor's Show is by invitation and at the Pageantmaster's discretion, but he likes to find new people to invite. If your organisation might like to take part next year, please contact the Show office on office at lordmayorshow.org or 01328 824420 to talk over the possibilities.
The Lord Mayor's Show is the largest unrehearsed procession in the world. It fits three miles of floats into a 1.7 mile route and will take almost an hour and a half to go past you.
After 156 years off the water (and a trial float), in 2012 the Lord Mayor took to the Thames again.
The City and the Lord Mayor's Show are doing everything we can to bring back the Lord Mayor's Fireworks next year, and to make them bigger and better than ever before.