Jan 3, 2023 - Politics

What to know about Healey's inauguration Garden party

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Healey does not fit the traditional profile of a Massachusetts governor. Accordingly, her swearing-in celebration won't be your typical pomp-and-circumstance-filled inaugural ball.

Driving the news: Healey and Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Driscoll will hold an inaugural party at the TD Garden after being sworn in Thursday.

  • Healey's transition team is calling the basketball-themed event "Moving the Ball Forward."
  • Worth noting: Healey played professional basketball in Austria after co-captaining the Harvard team. Driscoll also played at Salem State University.

Details: Starting at 6pm, the TD Garden event will celebrate the nation's first all-women executive team.

  • Singer Brandi Carlile will headline the event. Healey said in a statement that she is a fan of Carlile's music which "explores themes of women’s empowerment, LGBTQ+ history, and the joy of community."
  • Boston-born rapper Oompa is set to take the stage before Carlile's show.
  • Other performers will include the Everett High School marching band, the Springfield SciTech band, Salem High's Witch Pitch a capella group, the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, Lynn DJ Frenchy and disability rights dance group Abilities Dance Boston.
  • Tickets are available at Healey's transition website for $25 for adults. Children under 12 can get free tickets. Parking at TD Garden will cost another $30.

What they're saying: “This inauguration will be a celebration of teamwork, positivity and breaking barriers — and there’s no better place to hold the event than at TD Garden,” Healey said in a statement announcing the event.

The baller celebration will come after Healey and Driscoll's traditional swearing-in at the State House.

  • The House chamber ceremony begins at 11:30am Thursday.
  • Berklee College of Music instructor Lydia Harrell will sing the National Anthem and Celtics public address announcer Eddie Palladino will emcee the ceremony.

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