Lord Mayor’s Show

We had a good view of the Lord Mayor’s Show in a grandstand opposite the south front of St. Paul’s in a cheerful crowd in spite of the intermittent drizzle.   It was a fine mixture of the magnificent, the moving and the ridiculous, including a surprising amount of straight advertising.  There was the band of Christ’s Hospital, a lot of military recruitment and the Royal Academy’s red collars leading our Learning Department, as well as Gog and Magog led by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.   Like much of the City, it’s part medieval ceremonial, part fund-raising and part community outreach.   By the end, we were frozen.

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