1215年に始まったとされるLord Mayor’s Showは、主催者曰く「the oldest, longest, grandest and most popular civic procession in the world（世界で最も古く、最も豪華で、最も人気のある市と市民の行進）」だそうだ。このLord Mayorとは、シティ・オブ・ロンドン（シティ）の長で名誉職であるロンドン市長のこと。現在ボリス・ジョンソンがその任を務める、シティを含む大ロンドンの行政の長である大ロンドン市長とは違う。新しいLord Mayorは毎年選ばれ、11月第二土曜日に、その就任を祝うLord Mayor Showが開催される。宣誓を終えた後、Lord Mayorはシティから約3.5マイル（約5.63km）のパレードに参加、王立裁判所で「国王」への忠誠を誓う。今年は、22のマーチングバンド、125頭の馬、18台のヴィンテージ車、21台の車両、6500人以上がパレードに参加したそうだ。
We saw this gigantic yellow dog near Old Street and we chased it with M’s moped on City Road to take some photos. After a little bit of research, I found out that this was a Dogs Trust’s float, participated in the procession of Lord Mayor’s Show 2012 on November 8th, and I happened to see it on their way back, though I didn’t see it parading.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is “the oldest, longest, grandest and most popular civic procession in the world,” started in 1215. The “Lord Mayor” is the mayor of City of London, and is not the “Mayor of London” which has existed only since 2000 now and Boris Johnson is currently on the position that takes care of Greater London, including the City. A new Lord Mayor is appointed every year, and the this Lord Mayor Show celebrates his inauguration and is held on the second Saturday in November. On the day after being sworn in, the Lord Mayor participate in a procession from the City of London to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears his allegiance to the Crown. Over 6500 people, 22 marching bands, 125 horses, 18 vintage cars, and 21 carriages paraded over three and a half miles long on this year’s procession.
This 5m long / 3.2m high / 15okg weight world’s largest nodding dog called “Dogcilla” was made to draw attention to their rehoming centres last year, and you can see it on the Vanguard building on A40 near Hanger Lane, Ealing in West London.