Texas Swears-In New Governor with BBQ and Ball
by Bob Price on January 20, 2015 at 5:08 PM
AUSTIN, Texas – For the first time since the first year of this century, Texas will have a new Governor. It has been over fourteen years since Governor Rick Perry First took the oath of office filling the vacancy created after Governor George W. Bush resigned the office to become the 43rd President of the United States. On Tuesday, Greg Abbott will take over the reins of the Lone Star State from Perry and begin a new era of leadership.
Texas will also be swearing in a new Lt. Governor. Dan Patrick will take over as Lt. Governor from David Dewhurst who has served in the position since 2003.
The ceremonies took place on the South Steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The pomp and circumstance began at 11 am on Tuesday, January 20th and continued until high noon.
Shortly after the inaugural addresses from the new Governor and Lt. Governor, the celebration began with a Texas-sized barbecue. 17,000 people were expected to attend the celebratory feast.
Barbecue was catered by Eddie Dean from North Texas. He was assisted by a team of 200 people to quickly feed the large crowd.
No inauguration would be complete without a parade or a fancy ball. This one will be no exception. At about 2 p.m. a parade kicked off on Congress Avenue.
The highlight of the evening’s festivities will be “The Future of Texas Ball. This black-tie event will kick off at about 8 p.m. and run until 11 p.m. The ball will feature music from Lady Antebellum, Pat Green and Soul Track Mind.
More information about the Inauguration of Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick may be found on the official website.