O'Malley plans scaled-down inaugural celebration
In recognition of the state's continuing economic challenges, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is scaling back his Jan. 19 inaugural activities compared to four years ago.
The traditional inaugural parade has been scrapped, and the "black-tie optional" ball of 2007 has been replaced by a "business cocktail attire" gathering at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore.
In addition to purchasing $75 tickets (discounted to $50 for students and seniors), attendees of the Inaugural Celebration, as it's being billed, are also being asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item for the Maryland Food Bank.
"It'll be somewhat scaled down for two reasons," O'Malley said in an interview Monday. "For one, these are austere times, and two, it's also a reelection. ... While it's important that we celebrate this milestone in our history, we also need to demonstrate an awareness of the difficulties that families throughout our state are facing."
Among those returning to help O'Malley celebrate will be the Saw Doctors, the rock band from Ireland that the governor counts among his favorites.
O'Malley would not say whether his Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March, will play at the inaugural event as well, as they did four years ago. He did confirm that "the Saw Doctors are coming over" and said that all other musical acts will be local.
Prior to his Jan. 19 swearing-in, which takes place outside the State House in Annapolis, O'Malley has also planned a Day of Service on Jan. 17 and a Youth Inaugural event Jan. 18.
| January 3, 2011; 4:23 PM ET
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