Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is carrying his campaign theme of putting “Louisiana First” over to the day he’s sworn in.
Edwards’ transition team on Friday revealed plans for the Jan. 11 inauguration festivities, including its “Louisiana First” theme. Other statewide elected officials also will be sworn in that day.
Edwards, 49, beat Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in a Nov. 21 runoff election to become Louisiana’s 56th governor. The Amite Democrat had previously served in the Louisiana Legislature.
The inauguration ceremony is slated to take place on the Capitol steps at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Edwards’ oath of office will be administered by Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson, and musician Mickey Mangun, of the Pentecostals of Alexandria, will perform.
The 141st Field Artillery Battalion of the Louisiana National Guard will provide a 19-gun salute, and the 159th Fighter Wing of the Louisiana Air National Guard will perform a flyover.
Edwards and his family will begin the day with Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge. The church service will be officiated by Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench and is by invitation only. Several state legislators and other elected officials are expected to attend.
An invitation-only ball will be held at Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge that night.