Atlanta Mayor-elect announces inauguration schedule

December 26, 2021 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta’s mayor-elect has released details of the events planned as a lead-in to his Jan. 3 inauguration as the city’s 61st mayor.

Andre Dickens’ swearing-in ceremony will culminate the weekend of activities in a 1 p.m. event at his alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology’s Bobby Dodd Stadium, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The first event of the inauguration weekend is a community service day in Atlanta, Dickens announced last week. Volunteers will convene at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center to assemble personal hygiene kits from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Saturday, Jan. 1. Volunteers will also participate in a cleanup project at Nancy Creek Park from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The activities will include raking, pruning and litter removal.

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Community whiffle ball games and outreach activities will also occur from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Piedmont Park’s Active Oval and Saturday’s events will end with a reception and inaugural community block party at Pullman Yards from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Jan. 2, there will be a virtual interfaith prayer service beginning at 4 p.m. The ceremony will be streamed live at MovingATLForward.com.

Anyone interested in attending the events can find more details and register at MovingATLForward.com. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test within the last 24 hours for all inaugural events. Masks will be mandatory at all events.

Dickens beat City Council President Felicia Moore 64% to 36% in the mayoral runoff. The two candidates emerged from a crowded field of candidates, including former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, to face each other.

Incumbent Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms didn’t seek a second term.