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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London's annual Lord Mayor's Show approaches

5th October 2012

This year will see Alderman Roger Gillford become the 685th Lord Mayor of London and he will pledge his allegiance to the Sovereign on November 10th during a unique procession through central London. 

The Lord Mayor's Show has been held every year since 1215 and is a great day out for those staying at central London hotels next month.

The parade will be around three miles long and will arrive at the swearing-in destination before the Lord Mayor has even left the starting point.

It is expected that around half a million people will line the route and watch the procession pass-by. Usually the parade is followed by a fireworks display but as London has enjoyed a large number of fireworks as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubliee celebrations celebrations and the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games, organisers have taken the decision to postpone that part of the show until 2013.

Thousands of floats representing the city of London will take part in the event and it has been confirmed they will be accompanied by 25 marching bands, 300 horses, 18 vintage cars, 21 carriages, an original American stagecoach and a Japanese Taiko drum band.

Leaving Mansion House at 11am, the procession will also involve the official State Coach, which has been used in the procession since 1757 and is quite a sight.

The procession will then work its way through the Square Mile before stopping at St Paul's Cathedral for the Lord Mayor to be given a blessing. The last stop is the Royal Courts of Justice just past midday, where the Lord Mayor will officially pledge his allegiance to the Crown before the street procession turns around and heads back to Mansion House.

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