Lord Mayor's Show 2012

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This spectacular three-mile-long procession will wind its way from Mansion House through the historic streets of the Square Mile to the Royal Courts of Justice – and it has nothing to do with Boris. He's the mayor of London, and this parade, a tradition dating back to 1215, welcomes into office the new Lord Mayor of the City of London – this year, it's the turn of the 685th incumbent, Alderman Roger Gifford. Around half a million spectators will watch the procession, which will begin at 11am with an aircraft fly-past. There will be carriages (notably the 254-year-old, gold Lord Mayor's State Coach, which spends most of the year glittering impressively in the window at the Museum of London), marching bands and floats featuring people from a huge variety of London organisations (look out for Jaguar Academy of Sport ambassador Jessica Ennis at the wheel of the new F-type Jag). What there won't be is the usual firework display over the Thames. After the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic celebrations, the organisers say: 'There's only so many fireworks we should be sending up in one year!' We think that's a wrong call: London's been on such a roll, and the City of London, which funds this event, isn't generally short of money…

Please note: there will be no firework display this year.

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