What to expect from the Lord Mayor's Show this Saturday

 
Caitlin Morrison
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The new Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley at an early morning rehearsal of this year's show

The City of London will look a little different tomorrow as the 801st Lord Mayor's Show rolls into town, complete with boats, horses and lots of fireworks.

Tomorrow's festivities will also serve as the first public appearance by new Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley, who took on his prestigious new role today.

Since 1215 every newly-elected Lord Mayor has been required to travel through the winding medieval streets of the City of London to Westminster to swear loyalty to the Crown. Over the centuries this journey has become a much loved fixture in the national cultural calendar, with hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets and millions more watching the 6,500-strong procession on TV.

This year’s pageant includes 180 horses, 164 vehicles, jazz bands, steam engines, fire engines, pea harvesters, sports cars, tractors, Blackpool Tower and a tank.

Here's a sneak preview of what's going to be included in tomorrow's festivities:

“The Lord Mayor’s Show is an amazing event and it has been a great privilege to organise it for the past 25 years," said Dominic Reid, pageantmaster of the Lord Mayor's Show.

"The Show is a platform for good citizenship and every one of its 6,500 participants has a great story to tell. This year’s Show will have more music than ever and I hope you enjoy one of London’s best days out.”

All the information you need on where to watch it and how to get there is here.

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