D.C. Mayor Marion Barry kicks off his second term tomorrow with a daylong series of inaugural events that will begin with an early-morning prayer breakfast and is scheduled to end with a gala ball staged at the city's new Convention Center.
During the day, there will be a parade that will wind past the District Building and end at the Convention Center where Barry, City Council Chairman-elect David A. Clarke and six other council members will be sworn in for new, four-year terms.
Inauguration officials said all the passes to the 12:30 a.m. swearing-in ceremony have already been distributed. As of yesterday, there were still tickets available for $15 each to the 7:30 a.m. prayer breakfast at the Washington Hilton Hotel and $35 each for the ball, which begins at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Adams Room of the Washington Hilton, officials said.
D.C. police are advising motorists that several streets on the parade route will be blocked off while the procession of marching bands, floats and city officials rolls by.
Participants are scheduled to gather at 9 a.m. Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW and step off down Constitution to 14th Street NW at 10:15 a.m.
The route turns north on 14th to the District Building at Pennsylvania Avenue, where Barry and other dignitaries will leave the parade to take seats in a reviewing stand on the District Building steps.
The parade, with Board of Education President David Eaton as grand marshal, will travel one block on Pennsylvania, turn north on 13th Street to H Street and disband at the Convention Center. City officials are expected to rejoin the parade at its end.
Officials said they expect about 2,000 persons at the prayer breakfast and about 4,000 at the ball. Proceeds from the events are expected to offset some of the $150,000 total cost of the inauguration, officials said.
Dr. Wiley A. Branton, dean of the Howard University law school, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the prayer breakfast.
Barry is to be sworn in by Spottswood W. Robinson III, chief judge of the the U.S. Court of Appeals. Clarke will take the oath from Chief Judge Theodore R. Newman Jr. of the D.C. Court of Appeals. (The oath-takings on Monday are symbolic since all the officials will be officially sworn in today according to D.C. law.)
Following the swearing-in ceremony, the city officials will attend a brief, private reception before the council members go back to the District Building for a 2:30 p.m. organizing session, which will be followed by receptions in their council offices.
Also taking the oath of office are reelected members Betty Ann Kane (D-At large); Hilda H. Mason (Statehood-At large); Polly Shackleton (D-Ward 3); William R. Spaulding (D-Ward 5), and Nadine P. Winter (D-Ward 6).
New member Frank Smith (D-Ward 1), who won Clarke's vacated seat, also will be sworn in.