I am typing this with frozen fingers, because for inexplicable reasons we do these things in January. But it was a beautiful sunny day and hundreds were there for the civic occasion. Some local color– there was a man with a beautiful white bulldog wearing a tuxedo (the dog, not the man). The two ministers who spoke invoked Roger Williams– very appropriate. A woman on the edge of the crowd shouted ‘Jesus’ at random moments– not so inspiring, but it’s a free country.
The ceremony started with a bagpiper, included the Pledge of Allegiance by schoolchildren, and a poem read by a student. The whole drift of the ceremony and much of Mayor Taveras’ speech was focused on the importance of education.
See ProJo.com coverage of Angel Taveras’ inaugural speech, and a transcript. Good ideas, we the people will have to make it happen.