Shunning the more elaborate festivities of her predecessor, D.C. Mayor-Elect Sharon Pratt Dixon outlined plans yesterday for a one-day inaugural celebration Jan. 2 that will begin with a prayer breakfast at Ballou Senior High School.

Dixon outlined her plans during a news conference at the school library.

She said she chose the school, in a section of Southeast Washington where constituents have long complained that public services are inadequate, to mark the ushering in of "a new era, where economic development is shared by all."

The inaugural celebration will be substantially pared down, compared with Mayor Marion Barry's 1986 inaugural events, which spanned four days of ceremonies, parties and receptions.

Dixon's inaugural activities, whose theme is "Yes, we will," will include the prayer breakfast, held in a tent on Ballou's football field, a parade launched from the Frank Reeves Municipal Center near 14th and U streets NW, a reception at the District Building and a ball at Union Station.

The celebration is expected to cost about $500,000, according to a Dixon spokesman, and will be financed with corporate and individual contributions and tickets sold for the events. Tickets to the prayer breakfast will cost $20, or $10 for senior citizens. Tickets to the ball will cost $50, or $25 for seniors.

"We need to deliver a new beginning in Washington, D.C., to express our commitment to one another," said Dixon, flanked by members of her inaugural committee.

About 20,000 invitations to the inauguration will be mailed this week to "representatives of every constituency in the city," dignitaries, federal officials and "thousands of people who contributed in so many ways to Mrs. Dixon's election," according to a news release.

An all-weather, heated tent will be erected on Ballou's football field to accommodate the 1,500 guests expected for the prayer breakfast. Dixon said committee members are negotiating the cost of the tent, which stands "at $50,000 right now."

While an existing structure in another section of the city could have been used, Dixon said she hoped holding the breakfast in Anacostia would "reinforce in everyone's minds why people in Anacostia complain that there {has} never been an equity of services. The fact that there is no facility large enough to accommodate that many people is just another example."

Dixon will be sworn into office by U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson on the steps of the District Building. The swearing-in ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and features guest speakers, Dixon's inaugural address and performances by the D.C. Youth Orchestra, the Eastern High School choir and rhythm and blues singer Jean Carne.

The parade will leave the Reeves Center at noon and is scheduled to arrive at the District Building at 1 p.m. After viewing the parade, Dixon will greet the public at a reception in the District Building.

Tickets for all events will be on sale to the public from Saturday through Dec. 30. The locations of the sales offices have not been announced.

"We intend it to be a day of great celebration," Dixon said. "After the great celebration, we'll roll up our sleeves and get to work."

Dixon met yesterday with Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer to discuss ways the two could work together.

Last week, Secretary of Transportation Samuel K. Skinner met with Dixon and announced a $19 million road and bridge grant to the District. Skinner pledged to work with the new mayor to improve the city's infrastructure and in a highly public manner, the secretary snubbed Barry, whose administration applied for the money months ago. In announcing the grant, Skinner said, "It's important when we make decisions on projects and where to give discretionary funds that we know those programs will be implemented."

D.C. Council member Nadine P. Winter (D-Ward 6) responded in a letter to Skinner that his remarks were "an unnecessary, unprofessional, and entirely unproductive cheap shot at the outgoing administration."