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Annapolis government inaugurations set for Monday, free ball tickets available


Speaker Lineup for Swearing In Ceremonies of Mayor and City Council is Set

The Annapolis mayor's office announced tonight the speaking lineup for the swearing-in ceremony of Annapolis officials next Monday, December 6. It also let it be known that due to a robust fundraising effort and response, hundreds of free tickets will be available to attend the ball.

Tickets for the ball are normally selling for between $100 and $200 on Eventbrite.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley was recently reelected to a second term. He has announced the lineup of speakers at the swearing-in ceremony will include United States Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, the Hon. Carl Snowden and Annapolis Poet Laureate Maggie Benshaw.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a short parade from Calvert Street onto West Street. The parade will feature the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corp, Sea Scouts Color Guard, Annapolis Police and Annapolis Fire Color Guard(s), Naptown Brass Marching Band, United States Naval Academy Marching Band, the American Fife and Drum Corp, Karnival Bounce Crew, the US Army “Old Guard” Silent Drill Team, and the Annapolis High School Marching Band

In addition, artist Jeff Huntington will be refreshing the mural, “Agony and Ecstasy Live Together in Perfect Harmony.”

Buckley and members of his immediate family, as well as members of the Annapolis City Council, will walk the parade route to the stage, situated on West Street. The parade and swearing in are public events and all interested parties are welcome to attend.

After the speakers present, the event will conclude with the swearing-in for the Mayor and eight councilmembers.

Anne Arundel Clerk of the Court Scott A. Poyer will swear in Mayor Buckley for his second term. Mayor Buckley will swear in the eight aldermen and alderwomen and deliver remarks.

ROAD CLOSURES: There will be road closures in the area of Upper West Street (between Church Circle and Calvert Street) beginning on Sunday Dec. 5 for the Chocolate Binge Festival (sponsored by the Inner West Street Association) and continuing for the swearing in on Monday.

West Street will reopen at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday, December 6. There will be brief (and rolling) road closures on Calvert Street as the parade steps off from People’s Park around 1 p.m.

Community Ticket Distribution for One Annapolis Inaugural Ball

Buckley announced Wednesday evening that he will be able to distribute hundreds of tickets to the One Annapolis Inaugural Ball to members of the community who traditionally could not afford to attend. Ticket distribution has begun with the Mayor gifting surprise tickets to individuals who have helped the Annapolis community.

Ticket sales for the inaugural ball include an option to sponsor free tickets for local residents and sales have been robust.

“None of the work we have done over the last four years would have been possible without people from the neighborhoods coming together to help each other,” said Mayor Gavin Buckley.

“I am happy that we are a community that rewards and honors that kind of civic participation. I am happy our One Annapolis Inaugural Ball will be a gala that celebrates the diversity of our amazing city!”

Individuals or community groups interested in receiving One Annapolis Inaugural Ball tickets should email:

The One Annapolis Inaugural Ball is supported by ticket sales and sponsorships.

Individuals who wish to attend the event must show proof of vaccination or present results (48 hours) of a negative COVID test.

--compiled from press releases

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