Mayor-President-Elect Sharon Weston Broome's campaign team has announced plans for inauguration events on Jan. 1 and 2 as she prepares to take over as the parish's next leader.
She will hold a "Celebration of Faith" on Jan. 1, with an inauguration ceremony the following day, according to the announcement.
Broome was elected mayor-president in a runoff on December 10, and outgoing Mayor-President Kip Holden's third term expires as the new year begins.
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Broome, a Democrat, is deeply religious and has spoken often of her faith during her decades in public service. Her "Celebration of Faith" will be at 6 p.m. January 1 at Star Hill Church, where she is a member.
She will take her oath of office in a ceremony at 5 p.m. on January 2 at the Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Raising Cane's River Center. Afterward, Broome will host a "Celebrate Baton Rouge" party at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center downtown.
“I am excited to be able to pray and celebrate with the community as I take the oath to lead this city and parish over the next four years,” Broome said in a statement.
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All of her inauguration events are free and open to the public. Attendees of the inaugural ceremony are being asked to bring nonperishable food items to help stock the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
Broome's team is also asking attendees to RSVP by December 30 at www.ebrinauguration.com. Her team is also accepting donations to help cover the costs of the ceremonies and the transition, as Broome said they will not use tax funds to cover any of the costs.