City of Houston
From the City of Houston Press Release:
An inspirational ceremony emphasizing Houston’s diversity and bright future will kick off a day of events marking the inauguration of Mayor-elect Annise Parker, City Controller-elect Ronald Green and Houston City Council. The day will end with a free evening concert and fireworks for the public at Discovery Green. “I opted for a free concert over an invitation only gala because I want all of Houston to be able to participate in the celebration,” said Mayor-elect Parker. “I invite families to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets and join me under the stars in downtown Houston for an event that will have everyone on their feet dancing. It’s the perfect way to mark the start of a new decade and a new city government that I pledge will be inclusive and transparent.”
- Who: Incoming elected officials will take the oath of office.
- Where: Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston.
- When: 9:30 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2010. Doors open at 8 a.m. First come, first serve seating.
- MC: Channel 11 News Anchor Lisa Foronda will serve as mistress of ceremonies
Notable guests include the 2009 America’s Got Talent first runner up Barbara Padilla, Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen, St. John’s United Methodist Church Pastor Rudy Rasmus, poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and children from the Chinese Community Center. Music will be provided by the 200-member Inauguration Orchestra and Choir, comprised of many of Houston’s top musicians. U.S. District
Judge Vanessa Gilmore will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect Parker and City Controller-elect Ronald Green. As her first official act as Mayor, Parker will swear in the 14 members of Houston City Council.
A free concert, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. January 4, at Discovery Green will begin with Latin favorite Mango Punch and end with chart-topper Jennifer Holliday from the original Broadway version of Dream Girls. In the middle will be an over-the- top soul revue featuring performers Archie Bell, Roy Head, and Yvonne Washington.
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