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13 Nov 2015

Ireland takes part in London’s historic Lord Mayor’s Show for first time

Tourism Ireland and mayors from the island of Ireland participate in 800-year-old pageant watched by millions

Ireland will participate for the first time ever in The Lord Mayor’s Show in London. The historic pageant, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday, 14 November), celebrates its 800th anniversary this year. Half a million people will line the streets of central London to cheer on the parade and it will be watched on national television by millions more.

For the first time ever, Tourism Ireland has invited Lord Mayors and Mayors from across the island of Ireland to participate – to help showcase the island of Ireland in our largest tourism market and to further cement the relationship between Ireland and the UK.

Also for the first time ever, the Dublin Lord Mayor’s ceremonial coach has left the city to appear in the ancient London pageant. The coach, which is a feature of the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin and other civic celebrations, dates from 1791.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “The Lord Mayor’s Show is an extremely high profile event, celebrating its 800th anniversary in 2015. Tourism Ireland is delighted that the island of Ireland will be represented for the first time. Great Britain is the largest market for tourism to the island of Ireland and The Lord Mayor’s Show will be an excellent platform to promote the destination. It is another opportunity to profile the island of Ireland and to celebrate the relationship between our two islands. We have been delighted to work with Co-operation Ireland and Dublin City Council in making it all happen.”

  Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, in front of the Dublin Lord Mayor’s ceremonial coach, pictured in advance of The Lord Mayor’s Show at the Royal Mews in London.

Notes To Editors

  • The Lord Mayor’s Show is an ancient pageant which takes place each year in the City of London. Given that in 2015, it will celebrate its 800th year, this year’s show will be more spectacular than ever before, with more than 7,000 performers from all over the world and will include 173 horses, 140 vehicles, drummers, vintage steamrollers, fire engines, armoured vehicles and a tank. The procession will fill the three-and-a-half mile stretch between Bank and Aldwych in London from 11am until around 2.30pm.
  • The Lord Mayor after whom the show is named is the Lord Mayor of the City of London. Alderman Jeffrey Mountevans is the 688th, and current, Lord Mayor of the City of London; he took office today (13 November).