4th April 2004
Admiralty Arch, London SW1A 2BB
Palm Sunday Procession
Most of secular London is generally oblivious to Palm Sunday, seeing as any visible evidence of the pre-Easter celebration takes place comparatively early on a Sunday morning, when most Londoners are doing very important chores, like catching up on sleep.
For the practicing Christians amongst us, however, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem is a significant event in the calendar, and worth taking to the streets to commemorate regardless of the often inclement conditions common to this time of year.
St Martin in the Fields [where we’ve been before] obviously likes to make the most of an almost deserted Trafalgar Square through which the procession can makes its way following a brief service behind new-home-for-the-super-rich Admiralty Arch, back to the historic church.
Led by Larry, Hackney City Farm’s celebrity donkey, and a Sally Army brass band, this year’s procession has the added distraction of an ongoing performance of conceptual art in the square, courtesy of Japanese artist On Kawara, whose One Million Years project performers/readers are, sometime around now, about 6/7ths of their way through the project.