Plans for Inaugural Announced

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The inaugural theme is "Mississippi's Moment." A website has been established to provide news and information about the Inauguration:

Beginning Monday, Jan. 12, the day before the inauguration, there will be separate receptions for legislators, local elected leaders and the press. That night will feature a gala reception at the Mississippi Coliseum for the public.

Inauguration Schedule:

Thursday, January 8
5:00 p.m.
Yazoo City Pre-Inaugural Reception (National Guard Armory)

Friday, January 9
5:00 p.m.
Southaven Pre-Inaugural Reception (DeSoto Civic Center)

8:00 p.m. Tupelo Pre-Inaugural Reception (Tupelo Furniture Mart)

Saturday, January 10
Meridian Pre-Inaugural Reception (Howard Johnson Convention Ctr.)

The Meridian reception will be at the Howard Johnson Convention Center. It will be by invitation only with campaign workers and supporters to be invited. About 1,000 invitations will be sent out.

5:00 p.m. Biloxi Pre-Inaugural Reception (Beau Rivage)

Sunday, January 11
2:00 p.m.
“A Capitol Affair: A Tea Honoring Mrs. Marsha Barbour” (New Capitol)

4:00 p.m. “For Such a Time as This: A Call to Worship” (First Presbyterian Church)

Monday, January 12
11:30 a.m.
Legislators Luncheon (Crowne Plaza)

3:00 p.m. Local Elected Leaders Reception (Old Capitol Inn)

4:00 p.m. “Haley’s Comment: A Press Party” (Union Station)

6:00 p.m. Gala Reception (Mississippi Coliseum)

7:00 p.m. “A Musical Gala Celebrating Mississippi’s Moment” (Mississippi Coliseum)

Tuesday, January 13
8:00 a.m.
Governor’s Prayer Breakfast (First Baptist Church)

Noon Inaugural Ceremony (New Capitol)

2:00 p.m. Inaugural Parade (Capitol Street)

3:30 p.m. Governor’s Mansion Open House

:00 p.m. Inaugural Reception (The Clarion Hotel)

7:00 p.m. 2004 Inaugural Ball (Mississippi Trade Mart & Mississippi Coliseum)

Tentative Schedule as of November 24, 2003. For updated information, go to