Last Wednesday was Bonfire Night (November 5th) in England, and I went to the Crystal Palace fireworks display. Then over the weekend I saw the Lord Mayor’s Firework show. I like this new (to me) tradition of wrapping up warm an an Autumnal evening, warm drinks in hand to watch beautiful fireworks.
The Lord Mayor’s Show has existed in London in some form or another for 799 years. That’s pretty darn impressive. It celebrates the inauguration of a new Lord Mayor of the City of London, which is, confusingly, completely different from the position of Mayor of London (Boris Johnson). It’s one of the biggest annual public events in London; half a million people attended the procession earlier in the day. The fireworks for it are launched off from a barge between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars. (I have a sneaky balcony spot to watch them from so I don’t have to squish in with the crowds on either bank. Message me and I’ll let you in on the secret next year.)
The beginning of the Crystal Palace fireworks.