COVID-19 derailed the traditional pomp and circumstance for the inauguration of North Carolina’s high leaders, however that doesn’t imply the public will likely be saved from watching the historic second.
Gov. Roy Cooper and the Council of State’s different 9 members will likely be sworn-in at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The ceremony marks the first inauguration to the Council of State for Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, Superintendent Catherine Truitt and Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson. All are Republicans.
Cooper will likely be sworn in for his second time period in workplace. The Democratic governor’s first inauguration was disrupted in 2017 by a snow storm. More snow threatens this ceremony as effectively.
“The governor is handling that with the appropriate amount of gallows humor,” stated Ford Porter, Cooper’s spokesman.
Regardless of snow accumulation, Cooper issued an government order that limits mass gatherings that features his personal ceremony. The one-hour inauguration is accessible to the public on UNC-TV and streaming online.
The theme of this yr’s inauguration is North Carolina: Strong, Resilient, Ready.
Porter stated Cooper picked the theme primarily based on the resilience he has seen from North Carolinians battling hurricanes, an earthquake and the pandemic in 2020. Porter stated the governor’s speech will largely give attention to the occasion’s theme.
“There’s a lot of reasons for optimism and to look toward better days ahead,” Porter stated.
North Carolina musicians Ben Folds, Steep Canyon Rangers and Ana Lucía Divins and Carlos Crespo of Café Amaretto Music will present music for the occasion.
The Raleigh Junior League postponed the 2021 Inaugural Ball to a later date.