10 degrees Celcius and occasional raining did not stop thousands of people flocking to the City of London to witness the Lord Mayor’s Show last Saturday! Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the longest-running street festival established since 16th century as a part of Lord Mayor (officially the Lord Mayor of the City of London) inauguration ceremony.
Military marching bands, police horses, government officials in traditional robes and grande coaches, artillery, and communities with spectacular floats, and MAGNA CARTA (yes, 800-year-old MAGNA CARTA) took 3-mile journey through the heart of London from 10:45 to 14:40.
I was really moved by the diversity and inclusiveness of the parade as we could see children, disabled, veterans, hospital’s patients in ambulance bus, universities, farmers, even Malaysian and Hong Kong’s representative (I even met “Bruce Lee” and got fruits from the Farmers Association! HAHAHA). Don’t forget fish, Chinese dragon, pig, wizard, and floating credit cards with lots of confetti and bubbles!
The parade was so long, it took one hour to see from the first to the last coaches. The official reported that there were more than 6,500 people, 200 horses, as well as robots 🙂 I was lucky I got the prime spot in front of St.Paul Cathedral to actually witness the Lord Mayor taking oath.
The day wouldn’t be complete without the extravagant fireworks by the Thames River in the end of the day! It was raining and crowded but I felt happy and content!
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