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Show time for the 695th Lord Mayor!
The noisiest, largest, and most colourful event in the City of London’s calendar rolls into town on Saturday 11 November, bringing together over 7,000 people, 250 horses, and over 50 decorated floats for a major spectacle that dates back to the 13th century – The Lord Mayor’s Show.
Joining the parade and riding in the golden State Coach, which has been used in every Lord Mayor’s Show since 1757, will be the Seattle-born economist, accountant, and scientist, Michael Mainelli, who has been elected as the 695th Lord Mayor of the City of London.
Cheered on by an estimated 250,000 people lining the City’s streets and millions watching the live BBC One coverage and online streaming, commentary will be provided by former BBC Radio 1 presenter, Scott Mills.
Shortly after observing the national two-minute silence for Armistice Day at 11am, the procession will leave the Lord Mayor’s official residence, The Mansion House.
Joining the Lord Mayor in the three-mile-long parade will be floats representing City charities, schools, community groups, musicians, performers, financial institutions, military bands, Livery companies and The Lord Mayor's Appeal partner charities MQ Mental Health Research and National Numeracy.
A Ukraine-themed float, created by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will send a clear message that London stands proudly with Ukraine and its people.
The actor, comedian, and artist, Jim Moir, best known as Vic Reeves, has designed the artwork for the Show’s official poster and commemorative programme and will be one of the passengers in the ‘Art Bus’, which makes a welcome return this year.
Michael Mainelli is succeeding Nicholas Lyons as the head of the governing body of the Square Mile, the City of London Corporation, and will serve for one year, living and working at The Mansion House.
During his mayoralty, the Lord Mayor will act as an international spokesperson for the City, leading business delegations overseas to key international markets, on behalf of the UK’s financial and professional services industry.
Lord Mayor Elect Michael Mainelli said:
“In terms of size, noise, and colour, there is nothing quite like The Lord Mayor’s Show and it will be a joy to be part of it, waving to the crowds on the streets and people watching at home, and soaking up the carnival atmosphere. It is an unashamedly enjoyable day out for everyone and a tremendous celebration of our great City’s community and diversity. My mayoral theme, ‘Connect to Prosper’, will put the spotlight on the City's expertise in areas including finance, law, art, and engineering, and bring together leading experts from diverse backgrounds to work on critical global challenges, such as climate change and artificial intelligence. As ever, the safety and security of all of those participating and visiting this year’s Show is of vital importance, and the City of London Police will carry out highly visible and undercover patrols before, during, and after the event."