Mayor's inauguration ceremonies continuing into the evening

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Mayor Greg Fischer had a full plate Monday, starting with an early breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Kentucky International Conventional Center, with over 2,300 supporters in attendance.

That was Fischer's first event and public appearance as mayor. When asked by WAVE 3 News if he was nervous, he said, "no not really; I feel good, we've been preparing for this."

"I see a lot of our friends - new friends - so it's wonderful," said First Lady of Louisville Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides. When asked if it was overwhelming in a way, she replied: "No it's just really exciting."

"Today's not about me," Fischer said. "It's about our community and neighborhoods and our families and I'm just excited to be a part of it."

"We worked New Year's Eve and New Year's Day," said volunteer Katy Schneider who put in long hours to make sure everything went off without a hitch. "It took a whole lot of time to coordinate something like this."

As for her opinion of Louisville's 50th mayor," Schneider had this to say: "I think he wants to be very inclusive and I just found that such a wonderful quality."

After breakfast, Fischer and supporters took to the street - literally - walking a few blocks to the Cathedral of the Assumption for a one-hour Interfaith Service at 9:30, followed by the swearing-in ceremony at 11 a.m. at Metro Hall.

There was also a parade beginning at 4th and Jefferson and ending at 6th and Jefferson right after the ceremony.

The festivities will continue later today at the "One Family Inaugural Gala" at the Kentucky International Convention Center at 6:30 p.m. Nearly 2,000 people were expected to attend that event. Tickets are sold out.

Fischer is a Louisville native, and he graduated from Trinity High School in 1976. He went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics.

Fischer co-founded the local company SerVend, which makes ice and beverage dispensers used in restaurants and convenience stores. He sold the company in 1997. He ran on a platform of job growth and fiscal responsibility in the 2010 election, announcing four big priorities: creating jobs, clean energy, transparent government and two new bridges over the Ohio River.

The honorary chairs of the inauguration are:

  • Former U.S. Rep. Ron Mazzoli of Louisville
  • Former Louisville Mayor and Jefferson County Judge-Executive Dave Armstrong
  • Former Kentucky Sen. Georgia Powers of Louisville

The co-chairs are community leader Christy Brown and Tommy Elliott, senior vice president of Old National Bank.

Brenda Frank, a member of the Fischer transition staff who has helped plan several gubernatorial inaugurations, is the inauguration executive director, overseeing the day-to-day work and planning.

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.

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