On Friday, the Kay Ivey Inaugural Committee announced a schedule of events for the 2019 Inauguration.
“The Inaugural Committee is honored to invite Alabamians to join us as we witness and celebrate this historic moment,” said Co-Chairs Jimmy Rane and Cathy Randall. “Before our state lawmakers begin their important work, we want to take a moment to acknowledge and ask the Lord for wisdom, reflect and commit to uphold the duties and ideals outlined in our Constitution and celebrate the progress yet to come. We are also excited to announce a special Gulf Coast Inaugural Celebration. We look forward to celebrating and looking ahead to a new era focused on growing opportunities for all Alabamians.”
On Saturday, January 12, 2019, there will be a Gulf Coast Inaugural Celebration.
The event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Inaugural Celebration at The Lodge at Gulf State Park.
Inauguration Day will be on January 14, 2019.
Festivities begin at 8:15 a.m. with a prayer service at the First Baptist Church of Montgomery. This event will be by invitation only.
The formal swearing in ceremony will be held in from of the Alabama State Capitol steps at 10:00 a.m.
The will be followed by the traditional parade at the Alabama State Capitol. The parade will begin at 12:00 a.m.
At 7:00 p.m. that night the Inaugural Gala will be at The Montgomery Civic Center. This formal event is by invitation only.
The Kay Ivey Inaugural Committee, led by Cathy Randall and Jimmy Rane, have announced that the 2019 Inaugural theme is: Keep Alabama Growing.
“In less than a year and a half, Governor Ivey led Alabama to record job growth, improved education and set Alabama on a path of prosperity,” said Co-Chairs Jimmy Rane and Cathy Randall. “The 2019 Inaugural theme, Keep Alabama Growing, underscores Governor Ivey’s promise to build upon these successes and grow more opportunities for Alabamians. We’re inspired by Governor Ivey’s bold vision for Alabama and look forward to celebrating this exciting new era.”
In keeping with the theme, Keep Alabama Growing, the Kay Ivey Inaugural Committee has announced plans to promote children’s literacy throughout the 2019 Inaugural festivities.
“Investing in the next generation is critical to our ability to keep Alabama growing,” said Gov. Ivey. “As we prepare for four more years of growing opportunities for Alabamians, I can’t think of a better place to begin than with our children’s literacy, ensuring they get a strong start.”
As part of this effort, the Ivey Inaugural Committee will be hosting book drives at the Gulf Coast Inaugural Celebration on January 12 and the Inaugural Gala in Montgomery on January 14. The books collected will be donated to the Alabama Literacy Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy in Alabama communities.
Tickets to the Gulf Coast Inaugural Celebration cost $25 but the ticket price will be waived for attendees who bring four children’s books to the celebration.
The Inaugural Committee has unveiled the Kay Ivey Inaugural website and officially opened the application process for any individuals or groups who wish to participate in the 2019 Inaugural Parade.
January 4 is the deadline to submit parade applications.
More details about the inauguration will be unveiled in the coming weeks. For more information and updates go to the Ivey inaugural celebration official website.
Ivey served two terms as state Treasurer and then two terms as Lieutenant Governor before being elevated to the officer of Governor in April 2017 when then Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned. Ivey easily bested both her Republican primary challengers and her Democratic general election challenger.