On Remembrance day (11/11) it was the Lord Mayors Show in London. One of the oldest events in London dating back to the 16th century. It was a bit wet as I headed into London but that didn’t deter the crowds that were on the streets for the parade.
What is the Lord Mayors Show?
The show consists of a parade in the morning with a flotilla of ships on the Thames and a fireworks display in the early evening. I had been to the fireworks many times but this was the first time at the parade. The Lord Mayor area consists of the city of London which easily gets confused with the political Mayor of London they are two completely different things.
The Mayor is appointed every year and the parade is their ceremonial inauguration. It starts off at the Guildhall and continues via Mansion House, St Paul’s cathedral, Temple area with the Royal Courts of Justice.
This is the street parade which brings together our pomp and pageantry together with the carnival spirit. Lots of floats are from the various organisations that represent London. They are the guilds and associations which consist of the original 12 liveries. They are Mercers, Grocers, Drapers, Fishmongers, Goldsmiths, Merchant Taylors, Skinners, Haberdashers, Salters, Ironmongers, Vintners and Cloth workers. Also the military regiments that are associated with the city of London, schools, universities, charities etc.
The streets were packed with tourists and Londoners alike, I stayed around the St Paul’s area. Below are some of my photographs of the parade with more on Flickr (links below)
This took place on the Thames at 5.15pm, this year I went on Waterloo bridge and staked our place with some of the group that I went with from the London Photowalk’s Facebook group. We managed to get their early so that we could set up our tripods to take the pics of the fireworks. The first photograph is my favourite shot that I have taken on the Lord Mayors fireworks, this was the 5th year I had been, although one year it got cancelled.
For anyone who wants to know the settings I used : ISO 100, f9, 5sec, 10-20mm lens.
Thanks for reading, if you went leave a comment below on what you thought of it.
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