BATON ROUGE— Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards may have cannon fire and a black-tie ball, but the approach to his Jan. 11 inaugural festivities is decidedly more understated when compared to past Louisiana governors.
Among Edwards’ immediate predecessors, Bobby Jindal had a free festival in downtown Baton Rouge. Kathleen Blanco’s team created a children’s village with costumed characters. Mike Foster had fireworks and a public picnic with food from around the state.
Edwards will keep it simpler: morning Mass, inauguration ceremony and evening ball, no added frills, all activities on one day. Maybe it’s a sign of the times when he’ll govern, with