Although the exact details of Mayor Ed Lee’s Sunday inauguration have not been announced, a series of cultural dances will precede the swearing-in ceremony.
Groups will cover the traditional dances of Chinese, Mexican, Filipino, Hawaiian, Indian, Indonesian and Peruvian heritage from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the rotunda at City Hall. The festivities are open to the public, according to an announcement by one of the dance groups.
Whatever the details, Lee’s historic swearing in as the first elected Chinese-American mayor of San Francisco is sure to be less lavish than former Mayor Willie Brown’s 1996 inauguration, which included 10,000 guests, a live call from Bill Clinton and a musical tribute by Carlos Santana.
Former Mayor Gavin Newsom used his 2008 inauguration to announce priorities for his second term. In 2004, Newsom came under fire from local and state lawmakers because an essay about the history of The City didn’t include LGBT achievements.