Lord Mayor’s Procession
The procession will be revealed gradually over the course of the year, building up to an announcement of the full running order when the election of the new Lord Mayor is confirmed at the start of October. It is different every year, reflecting the history and interests of the new Lord Mayor, the changing patterns of City life and the creativity of the Show's participants, but there are some features you can rely on seeing every year:
Restored in 2018 to a splendour that we have not seen for many years, the State Coach has carried the new Lord Mayor in the procession every year since it was commissioned in 1757 and donated by the Aldermen of the day.
The procession is led off and kept in shape by its military bands. Walking at 120 well-drilled 30 inch paces per minute, they take 26 minutes and 51 seconds to march from from Mansion House to the Royal Courts.
All of this is devised, assembled, set in motion and eventually delivered home again by the Pageantmaster, Dominic Reid OBE, who will be directing his 28th Lord Mayor's Show from the ceremonial Land Rover as usual.
Near the front of the procession you will see the ancient figures of Gog and Magog, guardians of London since antiquity and a regular feature of the Show since the Middle Ages.
The Ash Cart
An ancient London saying has it that 'after the Show comes the ash cart', usually meaning that whatever fun you are having right now is going to cost you later. The last entry in the Show is always provided by the City of London's Sanitation department and it is still true, as it was in the Middle Ages, that most of their work is provided by the horses.