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Thank you all for coming to the Lord Mayor's Show. We look forward to seeing you next year for the 800th year of the Show. Join us on Saturday 14 November to celebrate eight centuries of splendid London pageantry.

The 2015 Lord Mayor's Show will be on Saturday November 14th. Look out for something really special for our 800th birthday.

The Lord Mayor's Show 2014 This is the full 85 minute programme broadcast live from the Show, including footage of most floats and interviews with many. It's available until the morning of Sunday 7th December.

It begins with the ancient and justified caution of King John. He tried to win London’s support by allowing it to choose its own Mayor, but he insisted that immediately after election the Mayor must leave the safety of the City of London, travel upriver to distant Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown.

Over the centuries this inconvenient journey became one of London's favourite rituals. It moved from river barges to horseback and then into the magnificent State Coach, and around it grew a rowdy and joyful mediæval festival that became known as the Lord Mayor's Show.

The ancient pageant is now bigger than ever. It is a London institution and hasn’t missed a year since Wellington’s funeral blocked the whole city in 1852. The modern procession is over three and a half miles long and fills the whole space between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until about 2.30pm, cheered by a crowd of around half a million people and watched live on the BBC by millions more.

There are fewer sword fights these days but the floats are grander than ever and it's a great day out for every generation. You are all warmly invited to come to the City of London on November the 8th and take your place in eight centuries of London history.

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