Nov 29, 2011- Beshear Plans Inaugural Events

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

The Kentucky governor is scaling down some of the inaugural traditions.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) recently pledged to keep his inaugural event "economical," recognizing that many in Kentucky are still struggling to make ends meet.

As part of that, he's scaling down the number of inaugural balls. The inauguration is set for Dec. 13. See more on the plans below:

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear will end the practice of hosting several inaugural balls at various locations around the Capitol to save on expenses.

Beshear, who was re-elected to a second term earlier this month, is planning a single ball at the Frankfort Convention Center to wrap up a daylong inaugural celebration on Dec. 13. His office made that announcement on Monday.

The inaugural ball, catered by Kentucky State Parks, begins at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The day will begin with an inaugural worship service at the Convention Center at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. parade.

A swearing-in ceremony is set for 2 p.m. and the traditional grand march inside the Capitol for 8 p.m.

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