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Artillery, State of the State, will mark Inauguration

January 8, 2019

Artillery salutes, a parade and the start of the 2019 legislative session will mark Inauguration Day on Wednesday, when Edward Miner Lamont Jr. of Greenwich becomes Connecticut’s 89th governor.

The early afternoon swearing-in ceremony will be in the State Armory, named for the 85th governor, the late William A. O’Neill.

Located next to the Legislative Office Building at 360 Broad Street, the Armory event will preceed a several-block -long parade around the Capitol to its north steps, facing Bushnell Park. Doors will open at the Armory around 11:30 in advance of the 12:30 event, which is free and open to the public.

Here is a breakdown of the day’s planned events:

State Senate Chamber, 10 a.m. - Susan Byiewicz takes the oath of lieutenant governor, followed by swearing-in of senators, selection of leaders and adoption of rules.

House Chamber, 10 a.m. - The House of Representatives convenes, swears-in members, elects leadership and adopts rules.

11:30 - Armory doors open, followed by the 12:30 inauguration ceremony and oath of office for Gov. Ned Lamont, Attorney General William Tong, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Treasurer Shawn Wooden.

Immediately after the ceremony, Lamont will be met outside of the Armory for a 19-gun salute. Then the parade begins, walking up Capitol Avenue, past the Capitol, then north on Trinity Street, then up into the Capitol parking lot to the North Steps. Then there will be a flyover by the Connecticut National Guard.

2:30 - Lamont delivers a State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the historic House Chamber.

7 p.m. - The $200-a-head Inaugural Ball begins in the Connecticut Convention Center downtown.

8 p.m. - Lamont and Bysiewicz arrive at the ball.

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