A rollicking 'Believe in Louisiana' Family Festival at the Sheraton Baton Rouge Convention Center and a prayer service at the 250-year-old historic St Joseph's Cathedral kicked off Governor-elect Piyush 'Bobby' Jindal's inauguration activities.
Jindal, 36, will be sworn in on the steps of the State Capitol as Louisiana's first non-white governor since Reconstruction. He is also the first-ever elected Indian American chief executive of a state and the youngest governor in the nation.
Following the elaborate inauguration ceremony -- where Jindal, who converted to Catholicism from Hinduism during his teenage years -- will take the oath of office. After the swearing-in, he will make a 20 minute speech, which will feature live music, a 19-cannon salute and a fighter jet flyover. The new governor will then get to work with a luncheon with state legislators, which will be followed by an inaugural ball later in the evening at the Baton Rouge River Center.
Image: Bobby Jindal, wife Supriya and son Sean attend a prayer service at St Joseph's Cathedral on Sunday.
Text: Aziz Haniffa | Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
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