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Hunt 's 4th Term Inauguration Festivities Under...

Posted January 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Saturday's weather was frosty, but the hearts of Gov. Jim Hunt's supporters were warm as they celebrated his fourth inauguration. Swearing-in ceremonies were held at 11 a.m. at Needham Broughton High School on Peace Street, followed by a parade through downtown Raleigh. WRAL-TV5 News broadcast the inauguration live from 11 a.m. - noon.

Hunt, a Democrat, will begin serving an unprecedented fourth term as governor. His first two terms spanned 1977 - 1984. His next turn in the governor's mansion began in 1993.

Friday night he and his wife, Carolyn, attended the four galas around the city, each staged by the Junior League. Each site focused on a season of the year. Carolina crabcakes, pasta and carving stations, crab and cheese tarts, mushroom strudel and raw vegetables were among the fare on long buffet tables. The 2500 invitation-only guests were in tuxes and glittering gowns, ready to celebrate.

Saturday, the parade wound up the festivities. It began about 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Wilmington and Lane Streets and finished at the intersection of Salisbury and Lane.

Among those participating were 25 bands, 15 community floats, dignitaries, special units and elected officials.

Spectators and marchers alike had to dress warmly. WRAL-TV5 Weather Center's Chris Thompson said the Saturday windchill would be 20 at the warmest point. And the high for Saturday in the Triangle was pegged only near 40.