If you had to work/hibernate or somehow otherwise missed last week’s Guy Fawkes gun powder bonanza, then fear not, for there’s a second, er, lighting of the fuse at the Lord Mayor’s Show this Saturday 12 November. That’s not all there is to it, of course, as the swearing in of the 684th Lord Mayor’s Show (nothing to do with Boris) also involves an aircraft fly-pass and a three mile parade featuring steel band floats and the show-stopping 253 year-old golden coach, which has not yet turned into a pumpkin. If you’re only interested in the flashes and bangs, get yourself a vantage point by the river in time for the 5pm pyrotechnics. Then again, the traditional midday blessing of the figurehead of the City of London at St.Paul’s Cathedral is bound to be interesting this year, given the tenacity of the Occupy London encampment. Reclaim the City are staging their own Alternative Lord Mayor’s Parade between the Mansion House and the St.Paul’s counter-culture camp. They plan a peaceful protest to demand reform of the City of London Corporation. You might not have to wait until 5 o’clock for the fireworks, afterall.
For info, see Lord Mayor’s Show listing.