Welcoming KY's new governor: Highlights from Andy Beshear's first day
Kentucky officially has a new governor.
Andy Beshear took office Tuesday, becoming the 63rd governor of the Bluegrass state.
The inauguration day theme was "Team Kentucky." Following the private swearing-in ceremony at midnight, there were several big events throughout the day.
Here's the full list of what happened in Frankfort as it appears on Kentucky's website:
7:30 a.m. | Inaugural Breakfast Reception, Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History
The reception, hosted by the citizens of Frankfort and Franklin County, is open to all inaugural visitors. The museum will offer a continental breakfast featuring foods from Kentucky State Parks, B's Bakery and Poppy's Bakery. Entertainment during the reception will be provided by Emilia Bustle of UK's College of Fine Arts, the Second Street School children's choir and the Kentucky State University Faculty/Student Jazz Collective.
All exhibits at the History Center are free on Tuesday. Exhibits include the Hall of Governors and the perennial Holiday History Train. The Old State Capitol and Kentucky Military Museum will also be open to the public and free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8:30 a.m. | Inaugural Worship Service, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Kentuckians are invited to participate in this non-denominational worship service. The service will feature music from the choirs of Bates Memorial Baptist Church and Kentucky State University. Messages and Prayers will be offered by Dr. Charisse Gillett of Lexington Theological Seminary; Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport of the Temple, Louisville; Rev. Rob Shrader of Beargrass Christian Church, Louisville; Rev. Dr. John Opsata of First Christian Church, Frankfort; and Rev. Dr. Valerie Washington of Hughlett Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, Louisville.
Seating is limited, but the worship service will be streamed online at facebook.com/1stChristianFrankfort. Frankfort Plant Board subscribers can watch on local channels 10 and 510.
To support Kentucky's vulnerable families, worshipers are invited to bring coats and toys for donation to local charities.
10 a.m. | Inaugural Parade
Kentucky educators will serve as Grand Marshals, including 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Erin Ball of Georgetown Middle School in Scott County, and 2019 National Education Association Education Support Professional of the Year Matthew Powell of Graves County Central Elementary School.
The traditional inaugural parade will begin at High Street at the Old Governor’s Mansion and will conclude in front of the Capitol. Gov. Beshear and Britainy Beshear and their children, Will and Lila, will join Lt. Gov. Coleman, husband Chris O’Bryan and their children, Will, Nate and Emma in open horse-drawn carriages provided by the Kentucky Horse Park.
1 p.m. | Inaugural Prelude, Capitol Steps
Musicians from across Kentucky will perform, including:
- 202nd Army Band, Kentucky National Guard; Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Stepp, director
- Harlan Boys Choir; Marilyn Schraeder and Marybeth Christman, directors
- Northern Pulaski Middle School Honors Choir; June Correll, director
- Louisville Eastern High School Chamber Singers; Lori J. Knapke, director
2 p.m. | Swearing-in Ceremony, Capitol
Seating is available for the public, and visitors may line up along the Capitol’s grand front steps to witness the ceremony.
The ceremony will be emceed by Kentucky educators Cathy Carter, Scott Collier and Laura Hartke, and will feature musical performances by Patricia Mathison, Jason Clayborn, Christian Bishop, the Harlan Boys Choir and Linkin’ Bridge.
Lt. Gov. Coleman will be sworn in first, with Justice Michelle M. Keller of the Kentucky Supreme Court administering the oath of office. Gov. Beshear will then be sworn in by Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.
Immediately following Swearing-in Ceremony | State Capitol Open House
Kentuckians are welcome to tour the state’s century-old capitol and enjoy the beautiful decorations prior to the evening’s celebrations. Winners of First Lady Beshear’s Team Kentucky poster contest will be recognized at this time.
8 p.m. | The Grand March, Capitol Rotunda
The Grand March is a formal presentation of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and other constitutional officers, who will be sworn in Jan. 6. Music for the Grand March will be provided by the Louisville Orchestra, led by music director Teddy Abrams. Attire for this event is black tie optional. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
9 p.m. to midnight| Inaugural Balls, Capitol Grounds
Gov. Beshear invites Kentuckians to celebrate on Capitol grounds in two side-by-side inaugural balls adjacent to the Capitol. The parties will be catered by Kentucky State Parks and will serve some of the Commonwealth’s favorite foods. Attire for this event is black tie optional. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.