LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A new era began at 12:01 a.m. Monday as Democrat Greg Fischer became Louisville's Mayor.
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens conducted the ceremony. Fischer was sworn in during a private ceremony Sunday night, surrounded by family and close friends.
Fischer's official duties began at 12:01 in order to make sure a mayor was in place as Jerry Abramson's term ended.
Fischer's day started early with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the International Convention Center. An estimated 2,300 supporters were expected to attend.
Fischer's next stop: the Cathedral of the Assumption for a one-hour Interfaith Service at 9:30, followed by a the swearing-in ceremony at 11 a.m. at Metro Hall and a parade beginning at 4th and Jefferson and ending at 6th and Jefferson.
After Fischer takes the oath of office, there will be a parade, and the festivities will continue later Monday at the 'One Family Inaugural Gala' at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Nearly 2,000 people were expected to attend that event, and tickets are sold out.
Over 150 volunteers have been working since November to prepare for the celebration that has an estimated price tag of $150,000 - but no taxpayer money was used to pay for the events.
We'll have continuing coverage of Fischer's inauguration events throughout the day.