Ivey’s inauguration festivities begin this weekend

City undergoing preparations ahead of inauguration ceremony Monday

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There are inauguration festivities leading up to Gov. Kay Ivey’s inauguration ceremony Monday.

“I’m looking forward to it," said Ivey. “It’s going to be a good day.”

This will not be Ivey’s first rodeo on the capitol steps. She has been sworn in before as State Treasurer and Lieutenant Governor.

She also was sworn in as governor after former Gov. Robert Bentley resigned. And she will take to the steps again Monday. The inauguration theme is “Keep Alabama Growing.”

Details about the Jan. 14 inauguration - held a week earlier than most recent inaugurations - are still being made, but some information has been released.

The celebration actually starts on Saturday with an inaugural celebration on the Gulf Coast that will feature Platinum recording artist Neal McCoy at the Lodge at Gulf State Park. You can either purchase a ticket for $25 or bring four children’s books that will be donated to the Alabama Literacy Alliance.

Inauguration Day starts Monday with an 8:15 a.m. invitation-only prayer service at First Baptist Church Montgomery.

At 10 a.m., the swearing in ceremony begins on the steps of the Alabama Capitol and will include all the state’s Constitutional officers.

“It’s going to be a fun day and I’m eager to serve and honored to do so," Ivey said.

A parade is scheduled to take place at noon down historic Dexter Avenue..

At 7 p.m., an invitation-only Inaugural Gala will be held at the Montgomery Civic Center.

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