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The LaRue County High School Marching Band of Hawks has been invited to march in the Dec. 13 Inaugural Parade in Frankfort.
The parade, part of the 59th Kentucky Governor’s Inauguration, is 10 a.m.-noon. It will begin at the intersection of Wilkinson Boulevard and Broadway Street and will conclude in front of the Capitol.
Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear, and Lt. Governor-elect Jerry Abramson and Mrs. Abramson will wave to the crowd from open horse-drawn carriages provided by the Kentucky Horse Park.
Other events are:
8:30 a.m. – Inaugural Worship Service, Frankfort Convention Center
Worshippers and attendees are encouraged to drop off new toys or monetary donations at the service to benefit the Kentucky National Guard’s Operation Military Cheer, a program that supports Kentucky military families in need during the holiday season.
2 p.m. – Swearing-in Ceremony, Capitol
Visitors may line up along the Capitol’s grand front steps to witness Gov. Beshear take his oath of office. This inauguration marks only the second time in the state’s history that a sitting governor will be sworn in to a second consecutive term. The ceremony will be emceed by Gov. Beshear’s younger son, Andrew. A musical prelude begins at 1 p.m. and seating is available for the public.
Lt. Governor-elect Abramson will be sworn in first, followed by the oath of office for Gov. Beshear. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. will administer the oath to both officials.
3:30 p.m. – Public Inaugural Reception, Kentucky History Center
The reception, hosted by the citizens of Frankfort, is open to all inaugural visitors. The museum will offer snacks and beverages, as well as an exhibit of Kentucky’s prior inaugurations. Visitors are invited to tour the museum and learn more about the history of the Kentucky governor’s office. The Hall of Governors at the museum was recently remodeled and will be open to the public during this event.
8 p.m. – The Grand March, Capitol
The Grand March is a formal presentation of the Governor, newly-elected Lieutenant Governor and other constitutional officers, who will be sworn in Jan. 2. Music for the Grand March will be provided by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Attire for this event is black tie optional. Doors will open for this event at 7 p.m.
For more information and updates on public inaugural events, visit http://governor.ky.gov/inauguration.