McCrory team, Junior League swing into inaugural weekend

Posted January 11, 2013

— Continuing three days of traditional festivities, North Carolina's top elected leaders on Friday were cutting the rug on the eve of their public swearings-in.

The North Carolina Governor's Inaugural Ball at the Raleigh Convention Center was the site Friday of a celebration of the best of the Tar Heel state.

The Avett Brothers and Parmalee were among the bands with North Carolina ties to entertain as new Gov. Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest mingled with the estimated 3,500 guest. The ball is a tradition of the Junior League of Raleigh, and the proceeds raise money for charity.

"It's a great tradition and a great honor," said Pat Wilkins, president of the Junior League. "We also do it to celebrate North Carolina and to impact the community."

The party was paid for, as past inaugurations have been, by individuals and North Carolina corporations who gave anywhere from $600 to $50,000 to be sponsors.

"Tonight we'll celebrate and then get to work. I guarantee it," McCrory said.

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The action moves outdoors Saturday morning for the formal inaugural ceremony on the south side of the old Capitol building, with the inaugural parade in downtown Raleigh to follow. 

In contrast to custom, the governor and lieutenant governor took their oaths of office in a pair of smaller ceremonies inside the old Capitol – McCrory last Saturday and Forest on Monday. Both wanted to be installed before the new Legislature convened Wednesday. The two will take the oaths again outdoors Saturday as the remaining council members follow tradition and get sworn in during the public ceremony.

McCrory has held open houses this week in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and New Bern. He'll also hold the traditional open house Saturday afternoon at the Executive Mansion.

"We also wanted to make the whole week an opportunity of getting to know North Carolina and meeting the people, and then having the final celebration here in Raleigh," McCrory said recently. The location for Saturday's ceremony, which will be broadcast statewide, also will be different. Most recent inauguration ceremonies have been held on the steps of the state library.

This year, Supreme Court justices will swear in 10 council members while looking down Fayetteville Street, the main thoroughfare in downtown Raleigh.

The new venue is "a signal that we're opening up to the city of Raleigh, which is my new home and it's not just a government inauguration," McCrory said. "It's a people's inauguration on 'Main Street.'"

Before Friday's ball, Ann McCrory and others paid a visit to the Durham Rescue Mission. 


"I'm so glad my wife and other leaders' spouses in the community went to that mission in Durham and showed while we celebrate transition, our main goal is to rebuild this economy and help these people," the new governor said.


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  • goldenosprey Jan 14, 2013

    "Good. Now North Carolina can move beyond the good 'ol boy Democratic backroom network and progress into the 21st century"

    LOL!"progress" and "21st century" do not belong in a sentence about a republican administration.

  • TVs_Deceit Jan 11, 2013

    Good. Now North Carolina can move beyond the good 'ol boy Democratic backroom network and progress into the 21st century.

  • Nancy Jan 11, 2013

    "id Bev do her friends some favors? Didnt one of them go to jail? Now what were you saying?"

    So true. Worse, she put a lot of life long politicians (no experience in the real world with budgets and management) into plum spots doing little work.

    Waste beyond belief. No complaints from the peanut gallery then.

  • Nancy Jan 11, 2013

    The whining continues, I see.

  • whyalltheproblems Jan 11, 2013

    @ Sherlock...do you want to guess how much Obama's festivities are costing?!? goes Both Ways...it's elementary, my dear Sherlock.

  • ccsmith1902 Jan 11, 2013

    You lib's really need to get a life.
    A Liberal
    …someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without
    rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people--their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties--someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by
    “a liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a liberal.

  • toothtek22 Jan 11, 2013

    You lib's really need to get a life.

  • Cock a doodle doo Jan 11, 2013

    It sure is good to see things change in state government. I'm glad the good ole boy network has finally ended.

    I sent Art Pope my Xmas Wish Letter.

  • Sherlock Jan 11, 2013

    Wow, spending all that taxpayer money and they do not get to attend. The money could be put to better use. Buy food for the homeless would be a great start.

  • justthefacts Jan 11, 2013

    The problem with Pat McCrory has little to do with his political affiliation. Based upon reports from many people who were unfortuante enough to have had to work with him in Charlotte and from several law enforcement officers who have been assigned to his "security patrol", he is simply a very arrogant and difficult man. He doesn't have the ability to see outside his little box so he can do little to bring the people of North Carolina together for the greater good. But I don't think that is what he is interested in doing anyway. He is in this to promote his own interests and the interests of his cronies. He has always desired to be "Big Man on Campus". Hopefully, his ability to indulge that desire will only last four years.