If there was a reason to be in London this month, St. George's Day would be it. The day used to mark a big tradition in England, commemorating the day the saint died on April 23, 303 -- people would throw a red rose on their lapel and many would fly a St. George's Cross flag. Interest has continued to wane over the years and now it's completely dwarfed by those big, commercial holidays like Christmas, St. Patty's Day and Valentine's Day. Really, they need a gimmick if they want to keep things going. Christmas has the tree, the good holiday films and all that; St. Patrick is commemorated with lots of beer, green food and shamrocks; and St. Valentine gets lots of tasty candy and anxious, romantic lovers. So, George needs his on shtick, but would anyone have picked Monty Python?

Trafalgar Square will be the spot where tons of fans will gather to see a public screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and try to create the worlds largest-ever coconut orchestra. I think his headless remains are just rolling at the thought! Mayor Ken Livingstone says: "English comedy is internationally acclaimed, and the Monty Python film screening and the coconut orchestra world record attempt illustrate the uniqueness of English humor." I would also go so far as to say the unique way they choose to honor a patron saint! The plan is to have cast members from Spamalot lead a rendition of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life that the coconut-laden fans can clip-clop to. The current record for a coconut orchestra is 1,785 people last year in New York. The British organizers are hoping for at least 2,000 for their attempt. Will this become the symbol of St. George? In 20 years, will we be able to by coconut clompers and Terry Gilliam/Patsy cards for St. George's Day?
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