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Jessica Ennis will be among those watched by thousands of people today in the Lord Mayor’s Show.

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The annual parade, which is expected to attract crowds of around half a million people, marks the inauguration of the 685th Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, who will be carried through the capital in a golden coach.

Joining him will be Olympic gold medal winning heptathlete Ennis, who will use a Jaguar F-Type sports car.

The car will take the athlete along the three-and-a-half mile route, which passes around Bank and Aldwych.

Before the parade starts, Mr Gifford will arrive in the City on the royal barge Gloriana as it makes its third official outing this year following the Jubilee pageant and Olympic torch relay.

This year’s show will showcase the talents of 6,500 people, 18 vintage cars, a tank and a steamroller among others.

There will be no after-show fireworks this year, with organisers believing 2012 has brought with it enough fireworks.

They said: “After the wonderful Diamond Jubilee and Olympic celebrations this summer, it was felt that there are only so many fireworks we should be sending up in one year.

“It has been agreed that the display will not take place this year.”

Those who venture out on to the streets are promised “an especially international and notably musical flavour this year”, with countries as far flung as Hong Kong, Mexico and Holland represented.

Mr Gifford was elected as the 685th Lord Mayor of London in October and hopes all onlookers have a “splendid” day.

The Lord Mayor’s Show will celebrate its 800th anniversary in 2015.

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