East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden was scheduled to ring in the New Year in North Boulevard Town Square, with a ceremony just after midnight Monday at which he was to be officially sworn into office for his third term by local lawyer Leo Berggreen.
Holden plans a day of inaugural activities Friday, all open to the public, according to Rannah Gray, a spokeswoman for Holden.
Holden will start the day at an 8:30 a.m. interfaith service at St. Joseph Cathedral at Fourth Street and Main Street with leaders from various faiths participating, Gray said. Music is to be provided by the Greater King David Baptist Church Mass Choir and the Heritage Choir, she said.
At 10:30 a.m. Holden will be inaugurated at the River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts at 220 St. Louis St., where he will take the oath of office in a public ceremony. Music is to be provided by the Inaugural Chorale, under the direction of Everrett Parker, the children’s Cherubim Choir from Greater King David Baptist Church, local singer Randy Knaps, singer Tear Walker and the North East High School Show Choir.
Holden will end the night with a formal reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with entertainment by After 8.