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Harvest Festival: be dazzled at the Pearly Kings and Queens parade

Posted at 1:30 pm, September 28, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Outdoor London
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Nothing brightens up a weekend quite like a Pearly parade. This Sunday, onlookers can expect to be wowed by the outlandish top-to-toe pearly garb of the Kings and Queens, and even meet the splendid London ‘Royalty’ in person — a great opportunity to learn first-hand about the Pearlies’ centuries-old charitable history.

Bejewelled cockneys aside, there’ll also be a marching band, folk dancing, donkeys pulling vintage carts and a Harvest Festival service at the St Mary-Le-Bow church. As the friendly congregation gather in their dazzling outfits, we imagine the hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’ will seem particularly appropriate. And after that? Don’t be surprised if you find yourself invited to a traditional knees-up at a East End pub to continue celebrations well into the afternoon… Kitty Knowles

The Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival starts at 1pm on Sunday September 29, at the Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, before parading to St Mary-le-Bow Church, Cheapside for a Harvest Festival service. Any donations collected on the day go toward homeless charity the Whitechapel Mission. Read more on the Pearly Kings and Queens here.

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