It’s not just Inauguration Day, it’s Inauguration Week

December 31, 2009 3:56 pm
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Mayor-elect Mike McGinn‘s team sent out a news release this afternoon with details on not just the Monday afternoon swearing-in ceremonies for McGinn and others, but also some other “inaugural week events” including a free music festival a week from Saturday with some of Seattle’s hottest street-food vendors on hand – read on for the full list:

Mayor-elect Mike McGinn today released details of several inaugural week
events to be held on January 4 and January 9.

Installation of Newly Elected City Officials – January 4

The ceremonial swearing-in of Mayor-elect McGinn will occur during a Seattle City Council meeting at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 4, at City Hall. The mayor-elect and other newly elected officials will be installed during the meeting.

The meeting is open to the public. However, space in the Council Chamber is limited with a large number of guests expected. A live video feed of the ceremony will be shown in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall to accommodate overflow attendees. The ceremony will also be broadcast on the Seattle Channel.

Public Reception for Newly Elected Officials – January 4

Immediately following the installation ceremony, a public reception for all newly elected officials will be held in the Bertha Knight Landes Room, starting at approximately 3 p.m. The reception is organized by the city of Seattle Legislative Department and will feature brief remarks from Mayor McGinn and other officials as well as performances from local musical groups. The reception is open to the public and will end no later than 7 p.m.

Saturday in the Hall: City Hall Open House and Mayor McGinn Address – January 9

From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, Mayor McGinn will hold a City Hall Open House to celebrate the city’s commitment to openness, transparency and the spirit of service in Seattle. McGinn will give his inaugural speech during the event, at 3 p.m. at the grand stairs in the main hall.

In addition, the public will be able to meet the mayor, tour the Mayor’s Office and connect directly with many city departments that will be represented by exhibits, staff and volunteers in the Bertha Knight Landes Room. Members of the City Council and the city attorney will be participating.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs will organize performances by local musical groups and offer tours of the art exhibits on display. Scheduled performers include Warren Chang, world renowned Erhu master and founder of the US China Ensemble; Quinton Morris, classical violinist with piano accompaniment; the Victor Noriega Trio, Filipino inspired jazz pianist; and Quichua Mashis performing Andean music by Quichua Indians from northern Ecuador.

Mayor McGinn Inaugural Music Festival – January 9

The Inaugural Music Festival, a free, all-ages event featuring Wheedle’s Groove, The Maldives, Hey Marseilles and Gabriel Teodros will be held at the Showbox SODO, 1700 1st Avenue South, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 9.

In addition, popular local food vendors will be parked outside the venue. Scheduled mobile food vendors include Marination Mobile, Kao Samai Thai, Gert’s BBQ and others.

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