From Mongolian horsemen; artist and comedian Jim Moir; a Ukraine-themed float and a mum who completed two degrees while raising her ten children will all be part of the 7,000-strong Lord Mayor’s Show procession.
As one of the biggest dates in the City of London’s calendar expect marching bands, floats and representatives from a diverse range of community groups and charities.
Following the national two-minute silence for Armistice Day the procession will depart Mansion House at 11:03am as it starts its 3-mile-long parade where the Lord Mayor Michael Mainelli will be joined by over 150 floats, several military and civilian marching bands and 250 horses.
From musicians to military bands and City charities, the Lord Mayor’s show parade will be packed with things you’d expect as well as some that might take you by surprise, they include: A Ukraine-themed float, created by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, resplendent in the country’s traditional colours and carrying the words ‘London and Kyiv – Two Cities United’, will send a clear message that the capital stands proudly with Ukraine and its people.
CCA Art Bus – a mobile art gallery and a recognised work of art designed by Sir Peter Blake – with passengers including comedian, actor, and artist Jim Moir (best known as Vic Reeves) who designed the artwork for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.
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London Metropolitan University graduate, Denise Morrison, has completed two degrees, while bringing up her ten children, and will join the University’s float. Denise, who moved from Jamaica to the UK in 2002, took part in the University’s ‘Real London’ campaign, which showcases its students and their place in the city beyond the campus.
The Senior Liveries Float, which represents the oldest charity fundraising body in the UK – the City’s Guilds and liveries, dating from the 10th century, and providing around £65m every year.
Six Mongolian horsemen from the forthcoming production, The Mongol Khan, at the London Coliseum.
Christ’s Hospital School Band, dating from 1868 and which first attended The Lord Mayor’s Show in 1974. During the Show, the musicians will be wearing their famous Tudor uniform, worn by all of the 900 students.
With over 250,000 people expected to line the City’s streets with millions watching live on BBC One’s coverage and online streaming.
Lord Mayor Elect Michael Mainelli said: “These marvellous marchers, specially selected to represent their communities and good causes, help make The Lord Mayor’s Show what it is – a tremendous celebration of our great City’s diversity and a genuinely fun day out. I am grateful to everyone taking part, whether it is their thirtieth or first experience of joining the parade, and I hope that they’ll have a very enjoyable day.”