Catherine Pugh’s inauguration as Baltimore’s 50th mayor will be marked on Dec. 6 with events in all quadrants of the city, starting with the official swearing-in at City Hall and culminating with a $100-per-person nighttime celebration at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel.
Pugh’s Inaugural Committee released the schedule for a multi-phase “People’s Celebration,” along with an invitation from the mayor-elect for city residents to take part.
“Having the opportunity to serve Baltimore as mayor is one of the great blessings of my life,” Pugh said in a message posted on Facebook, adding, “and I hope you will join us to celebrate our city at one or all of our Inaugural events.”
The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at City Hall at 100 Holliday Street. It will be followed by a community luncheon at the War Memorial Building, located at 101 N. Gay Street. After that will be a series of receptions in the city’s neighborhoods.
The lineup includes events at: Middle Branch Rowing Club in Cherry Hill, 3301 Waterview Avenue, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; the Clarence Du Burns Center, 3100 Boston Street, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; the Humanim headquarters, 1701 N. Gay Street, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The festivities will end with a gathering called “Our Whole City: A Celebration of Baltimore,” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, 401 W. Pratt Street. The cost is $100 per person. Tickets have already gone on sale at www.pughinaugural.com.
Pugh said in her message that she is looking forward to Inauguration Day. “But what I’m most excited about,” she said, “is the next morning – when I can get to work serving the people of Baltimore as mayor.”