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Frankfort prepares for Tuesday's Inauguration festivities

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) – In less than a day, Matt Bevin will be sworn in as Kentucky’s new governor, and preparations are underway in Frankfort for the big inauguration.

The planning has been going on for weeks.  And, at this point, it's all about the details, with Work crews making the sure the seating, the sights and sounds, and the ceremony are just right.

"We're really pretty confident," said event planner Kenny Bishop. "Things look good. Everything's where it's supposed to be. All of the parts and pieces -- and there are a lot of them."

On Monday afternoon, the Capitol steps were being turned into a giant stage for Tuesday's inauguration ceremony. The chairs were in place – covered now for the weather – and crews were putting on the finishing touches.

But Tuesday's changing of the guard is more than just ceremonial: it will be the first time in eight years that Steve Beshear's name will not be on the governor's office door, and just the second time in more than 40 years, that the occupant will be a Republican.

"His platform that he campaigned on and won overwhelmingly with is very similar to that of our priorities that we've been passing out of the Senate for years and haven't been successful going through the House," said Senate President Robert Stivens. "So that, in and of itself, gives us hope for a lot of different changes." 

While Republicans anticipate more victories inside the Capitol, Democrats are regrouping and trying to hold on their slim majority in the state house - without being seen as obstructionist.

"I wish the governor well," said Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles. "I hope that his is an administration that will look for bi-partisan solutions, will look at folks across the aisle, willing to work with him." 

But all that begins the day after tomorrow. Tuesday is The Capitol city's day to celebrate the new governor and Lt. Governor.

Bevin will be sworn in at midnight tonight, in a small, private ceremony.

Here is a list of events for Tuesday’s inauguration:

8 a.m. – Inaugural Worship Service: The morning worship service, which was moved to the Frankfort Convention Center, will also serve as a toy drive for the Kentucky National Guard Assistance Center. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for any age child. Those toys will be distributed throughout the state to children of deployed Kentucky National Guard families. Backpacks, duffel bags and other large bags will not be permitted inside the Frankfort Convention Center. The service is open to the public

10 a.m. – 2015 Inaugural Parade: The Inaugural Parade will take place on Capital Avenue and will offer a variety of bands and floats from across the Commonwealth. The parade will focus on honoring and giving thanks to those Kentuckians who have served in our armed forces. The parade route and street closings map can be found here. The event is free and open to the public and will be broadcast live on KET.

2 p.m. – The Official Swearing-in Ceremony: Governor-Elect Matt Bevin and Lt. Governor-Elect Jenean Hampton will be publicly sworn in as the next Governor and Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Frankfort Welcome Party: Renowned Kentucky musician Ricky Skaggs will be the featured performer at an inaugural celebration at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History.

7 p.m. – The Grand March: The Grand March is a tradition dating back to the mid-19th Century, during which newly elected constitutional officers are formally introduced to the public. The event is free and open to the public.

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