Come rain or shine, the inauguration of the 72nd Governor of Virginia will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The Richmond Times-Dispatch said on Friday that umbrellas, usually banned from the inauguration ceremony, will be allowed.
The weather for the inauguration of Terry McAuliffe as Virginia's 72nd Governor is going to be a factor in the ceremonies, with rain starting around 8 a.m. and possibly being heavy at times, with lightening and thunderstorms mixed in, according to Dan Proch, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
When the swearing-in takes place, at noon, EST, the city could possibly be in the midst of some of the heaviest rain for the day. Officials are asking that umbrellas be closed during the actual swearing-in, and ponchos and hoods will be provided to ticket-holders, if needed.
Inauguration day will begin with a Prayer Breakfast, the Governor-elect meeting with leaders of many faiths from across the Commonwealth. The breakfast will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond at 8:00 AM on January 11th.
Inaugural Parade in Richmond
The Inaugural Parade will begin immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, and will feature talent and many organizations from all across the Commonwealth. A favorite with many parade-goers are the marching bands, featuring many of Virginia's fine colleges and universities, as well as a number of high school bands, such as the Pulaski County High School Golden Cougars marching Band,and the Martinsville High School Marching Band.
There are a number of Inaugural Balls that will be going on simultaneously across the Commonwealth. The Richmond Inaugural Ball will be held at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, inside the HDL, Inc. Athletic Village, Richmond.
There will be an Open House along with tours of the Executive Mansion immediately following the Inauguration ceremony. The new Governor and First Lady will open their home and greet Virginians. This is an important part of the new Governor's duties to the people of the Commonwealth. The Open House will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The First Lady's Luncheon will take place on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, starting at 11 a.m. in The Science Museum of Virginia, Thalhimer Pavilion, in Richmond. This will be an opportunity for First Lady, Dorothy McAuliffe to unveil her Healthy Eating Initiative to the people of Virginia. Richmond city school students will join Mrs. McAuliffe for the luncheon as part of the inaugural festivities.