Sunday, April 6, 2014
Lord Mayor's Show
Before I went to London last November, I did some checking to see if there was going to be any events or ceremonies happening while I was there that I might catch a glimpse of. I found that the Lord Mayor's Show was happening and decided that might be well worth a peek.
I found what looked like the perfect spot to stand and watch the event. I had a clear view down the street with the private viewing boxes located just ahead on both sides of the street. I had a spot right up against the barrier, it was perfect.
I had arrived about 45 minutes before the event was to begin so I watched all the officials as they prepared the area. At one point, I thought the gentleman was pointing right at me and I suddenly wondered if I had done something wrong. But no, he moved on with a smile on his face. He was probably just commenting on what a perfect location I had to view the parade.
Hey guys, your blocking my view!
They didn't budge!
So as the gilded coach came rolling down the street, the only view I had was of the rain soaked hats and backs of these dutiful officers. This was the Lord Mayor arriving and I could tell it was a gorgeous red and gold coach with a beautifully costumed driver but I could only see the very top.
As you can see, the rain has started to come down much faster now and I am now struggling with an umbrella in one hand and a camera with the telephoto extended in the other. Not the best conditions for taking photos, thus this rather blurry shot of the Lord Mayor passing by.
After she finished this inspection, she went up to the viewing stand to the left in the second photo above to watch the rest of the parade.
The military men who had been blocking my view, left the scene and the rest of the parade started. At this point, I was very wet, very cold, and it was raining at a steady pace. I decided that I wasn't going to get great pictures taking one handed shots, so I ducked into an underground station and left in search of a place to dry off and warm up.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this traditional event even though it was through the sleeves of those brown uniforms but, next time I'm taking someone with me to hold the umbrella while I snap the photos.
Later that same day, after I had dried off and warmed up, I spotted this group walking down the street. I can only assume that they must have had some part in the parade that I had missed when I left early. Apparently I missed the most colorful parts of the parade.