Walking up from Trafalgar in to the city my aim was to visit the Pearly Harvest Festival Party. Free to the public and set in front of the beautiful Guild Hall, looking like a lovely giant wedding cake, it was a sight to behold. On the lovely marble square thePearly Kings and Queens were already gathering. Their private London Cab was decorated with large 'pearl' buttons and along with a barrel organ set the scene along with the pretty maypole in the middle of the square.
Children dressed in all the colours of the rainbow led the dancing around the Maypole after which all of the dignitaries in their scarlet robes were persuaded to join in. Then came the Pandemonium drums, real chaotic fun. There were Morriss dancers, bands and beautiful donkeys drawing little carts to take the harvest to the church of St Mary Le Bow along with New Foundland dogs doing the same. At the end of the day the Pearly Party, including Chelsea Pensioners, toured the arena and led a Cockney sing song before parading to the church along with everyone else who had been involved. A great day out, a free event for charity and well worth a donation.
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