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The world-famous Lord Mayor’s Show returns
The world-famous Lord Mayor’s Show returned in November to wow spectators with a breath-taking display of pageantry.
The noisiest, largest, and most colourful event in the City of London’s calendar took place on Saturday 13 November, bringing together a procession of over 6,500 people, 120 horses and more than 50 decorated floats.
Alderman Vincent Keaveny was elected as the 693rd Lord Mayor of the City of London and took office on 12 November.
This year’s show included colourful full-size model elephants, Japanese taiko drummers, and a horse-drawn bus, in a major spectacle that dates back to the 13th century.
The three-mile-long procession was filled with carriages and horses, and a fire engine with a 210-foot extendable turntable ladder - the tallest in Europe – was also on show.
Vincent Keaveny rode in the procession in the golden State Coach, which has been used in every Lord Mayor’s Show since 1757 and is the oldest ceremonial vehicle in regular use in the world.
The annual event, which celebrates the City’s ancient past and modern outlook, enables the Lord Mayor to ‘show’ himself or herself to people across the City of London, as well as to swear an oath of allegiance to the sovereign.
The procession, which was cheered on by crowds and millions watching at home, began at The Mansion House which is the Lord Mayor’s official residence.