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The Governor’s Inauguration parade

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By Special to The Sun


FRANKFORT, Ky.  (Dec. 12, 2011) – Thousands of people took part in the  inauguration events on Dec. 12. Here are a few interesting facts and figures about the day.

1 – Age of youngest participant in Grand March, Lila Beshear, the Governor’s youngest grandchild.
2 - Number of hours Inaugural Parade was expected to last.
3  – Number of Kentucky governors who have been sworn in to a second consecutive term (Gov. James Garrard 1796 and 1800, Gov. Paul Patton 1995 and 2003, and Gov. Steve Beshear 2007 and 2011).
4 – Number of times Gov. Beshear will have been sworn into statewide office (twice for Governor, once as Lieutenant Governor in 1983, once as Attorney General in 1980).
5 – Number of horse-drawn carriages in the Inaugural Parade.
6 – Number of times Jerry Abramson has taken an oath of office with the Bible given to him by his sister and brother-in-law.
7 – Former Kentucky governors serving as honorary co-chairs (Senator Wendell H. Ford, Gov. Julian Carroll, Gov. John Y. Brown Jr., Gov. Martha Lane Collins, Gov. Brereton Jones, Gov. Paul Patton and Gov. Ernie Fletcher).
8  – Co-chairs of inauguration (Jim and Linda Booth, Tracy and Carol Farmer, Wade and Alice Houston, and Darrell and Lorna Littrell).
65 – Marble steps the Governor and First Lady will descend to reach the Capitol Rotunda during the Grand March.
860 – Meals to be served to volunteers and support staff on Tuesday.
200 – Pounds of pork barbeque prepared for inauguration volunteers.
2,000 – Christmas ornaments used in the decoration of the Convention Center for the Inaugural Ball.
60 ­­– Tables at the Inaugural Ball, covered with tablecloths made from recycled plastic bottles.
56 – Number of men who have served as Governor of Kentucky.
1 – Number of women who have served as Governor of Kentucky (Gov. Martha Lane Collins).
25 – Number of Grand Marches that have been held in the current state capitol.
$500,000 – Estimated cost reduction compared to 2007 Inauguration.
54 – High school marching bands in the Inaugural Parade.
67 – Total number of Inaugural Parade units.
4 – Number of governors who have served non-consecutive terms (Gov. Isaac Shelby, Gov. Happy Chandler, Gov. James McCreary and Gov. John Helm).
171 – Words in Kentucky’s oath of office (75 of which are in the clause regarding whether the elected official has participated in a duel, meaning 44 percent of the words relate to duels).
1,780 – Seats available for the public swearing-in.
4,250 – Total parade participants, arriving in more than 150 school buses and equipment trucks.
4,681 – Total number of seats available at the Frankfort Convention Center.