GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — Hundreds of people came out to celebrate the Governor’s first part of her inauguration.
“This is exciting,” said Olive Humphrey, who is from Missouri and spends her winter on the Gulf Coast.
This was the first celebration for Alabama’s second-ever female governor.
“It just means the world to me that folks throughout Alabama would come to celebrate with me this night,” said Governor Kay Ivey.
Festivities started two days before the inauguration, including an event at the Lodge at Gulf State Park. Guests brought children’s books to help the governor with her goal to promote childhood literacy. It’s part of her campaign promise.
This is the first time an inauguration-related festivity has taken place in Coastal Alabama.
“Governor Ivey and her staff are really working with us well. Probably better than any governor in a long time,” said Tony Kennon, the Orange Beach mayor.
Governor Ivey’s theme for the inauguration is Keep Alabama Growing. And by hosting part of the celebration on the Gulf Coast, was a way to include and spotlight South Alabama.
“Sometimes us folks down on the coast don’t think Montgomery doesn’t always know where we are down here,” said Daniel Calametti, who attended the celebration.
“I make it a priority to try to provide equal – that all regions in our state are equally represented and benefiting, and that’s why we kicked off our inaugural celebration right here on the gulf coast of Alabama,” said Ivey.
Governor Ivey only spoke briefly Saturday night. However, she addressed the state after her Monday morning inauguration.