Inauguration season is upon us.
As much of the nation’s attention turned to New York, where newly minted Mayor Bill de Blasio was being inaugurated on the first day of the new year, officials overseeing Boston’s mayoral transition released new details Wednesday for this city’s inaugural events next week.
The inauguration of Martin J. Walsh, Boston’s 54th mayor and first new occupant of City Hall’s corner office in two decades, will take place on Monday, with a morning swearing-in at the Conte Forum at Boston College followed by a formal inaugural gala at the Hynes Convention Center.
“I am very thankful and humbled that so many talented people are coming together to make our Inaugural activities possible,” Walsh said in a statement. “This is truly going to be a great four days of events for our city, culminating with a celebration featuring Boston’s best and brightest talent. And this celebration is for everyone. It is a chance for all of Boston — every neighborhood and culture — to come and celebrate Boston’s future.”
When Walsh is sworn in at 10 a.m on Monday — an event that will be produced by Cambridge-based Brattle Entertainment — he will be read the oath of office by Roderick L. Ireland, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
The evening gala will be coproduced by entertainment giant Live Nation and the Boston-based Rafanelli Events.
The $35-a-head gala will include performances by the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra, with conductor Keith Lockhart; the Dropkick Murphys; Blue Man Group; Ellis Hall; the Floor Lords; Zumix; Calypso Hurricane; Strictly Sinatra; Mark Morris and the Cat Tunes; Steve Sweeney; Lenny Clarke; and DJ Master Millions.
Walsh’s inaugural schedule also includes several community service events, including a Youth Inaugural Summit on Saturday at Roxbury Community College, which will be led and produced by Colette Phillips, a well-known Boston communications professional.
On Sunday, Walsh will host a brunch for seniors at Northeastern University’s Cabot Athletic Center and will then attend an interfaith service, hosted by The Rev. Jeffrey Brown, at the Old South Church.
Inaugural events in Boston and New York mark major governmental changes in two of the country’s oldest cities.
Walsh shares at least one close adviser with de Blasio and traveled to New York City last month to meet with the incoming New York mayor as well as former President Bill Clinton — who presided over de Blasio’s ceremonial swearing in on Wednesday.
The two incoming mayors also spent time getting to know each other during a White House summit for incoming mayors.
“He’s a really interesting guy,” Walsh said about de Blasio while at a December event in which he discussed the White House visit. “People just flock to him.”
While he noted that the talks were preliminary, Walsh said that he hopes to broker a three-city collaboration and partnership with de Blasio and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was elected in early 2013.
“We spoke a lot about collaboration,” Walsh said.