Incoming Lord Mayor up early to rehearse for City’s big parade

Alderman Michael Bear, who will become Lord Mayor of the City of London tomorrow, took part in a pre-dawn rehearsal yesterday for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show (on Saturday 13 November) in front of St Paul’s Cathedral.

He will be the 683rd Lord Mayor, whose duties include representing UK-based financial services internationally. This year’s show features a troupe of zulu warriors, samba dancers and Hong Kong acrobats.

Events start from Mansion House at 11am and the three-mile long procession winds its way through the City streets, via St Paul’s Cathedral, to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears an oath of allegiance to the Monarch.

The day culminates at 5pm in a spectacular firework display lit from a barge on the Thames.