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Lamont inauguration: what you need to know to attend

December 24, 2018

The fiscal crisis might be Connecticut’s biggest concern heading into the new year, but it’s unlikely to be the topic of speeches at the inauguration of Governor-elect Ned Lamont on Jan. 9 in Hartford.

Instead, as Lamont tends to do, his comments will likely take on a positive approach to governing and highlight bipartisanship.

Events are open to the public. Here’s what you need to know if you’re intested in attending:

Lamont will take the oath of office at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 during a ceremony at the William A. O’Neill State Armory at Broad Street and Capitol Avenue. Tickets are not required to attend, but seats are first come, first served. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The organizers are asking attendees to RSVP here.

As of Monday, Capitol Police did not yet have details on security or parking for the general public, but parking in the area is limited and attendees are advised to arrive early. Expect road closures around the Capitol — and pack light to speed up security.

Lamont will make a brief statement about his vision for Connecticut, but it’s unlikely he’ll give details on his proposed budget, which isn’t due out for several weeks after the inauguration.

A parade will leave the armory following Lamont’s swearing in, circle the Capitol and end at the intersection of Trinity and Elm Streets at the corner of Bushnell Park.

Once the parade concludes, Lamont will deliver his first State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly at the Capitol. There will be very limited public seating inside the Capitol. Details about live broadcasts are not yet available.

The inaugural ball, at 7 p.m. that night at the Connecticut Convention Center in downtown Hartford, is also open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are $200 for general admission. People ages 21 to 28 can purchase tickets for $99 — a sign of Lamont’s desire to involve a younger demographic in the festivities. Details about how to purchase tickets and other information about the day and night’s events are here.

The ball will feature more than 40 restaurants, artisanal cheese makers, bread makers, microbreweries and Connecticut wineries, according to the invitation.

Joe Scarborough — a former Republican and co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe — will perform with his band. Christopher Meloni, a family friend of the Lamont’s best known for his role as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, will co-emcee the event alongside journalist Jane Whitney.

kkrasselt@hearstmediact.com; 203-842-2563; @kaitlynkrasselt

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