Gov. Josh Shapiro started his administration with a star-studded inaugural bash on Tuesday night.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa, Motown icon Smokey Robinson, and indie rock band Mount Joy headline Pennsylvania’s make-it-flashy event, which drew nearly 3,000 attendees. rice field. Philly’s own Meek Mill gave a surprise performance before introducing his ‘friend’, his Shapiro.
“I bet you didn’t think you could get Smokey, Mount Joy and Meek Mill,” Shapiro said in a brief remark from the stage.
Tuesday’s inaugural celebration took place at Rock Lititz, a production campus in Lancaster County that is commonly used by international stars like Beyonce and BTS to prepare for stadium tours. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Democrats were packed with who, and even a handful of Republicans.
Joined by Lieutenant Austin Davis and his family, Shapiro only spoke for a few minutes from the stage. He said Tuesday night’s event commemorates Davis’ historic inauguration as the state’s first black lieutenant governor and celebrates Pennsylvania.
The event was full of Pennsylvania-themed gimmicks and vendors. Primanti Brothers Sandwiches, Wawa Coffee, Scrapple Waffle Bites, Tomato Pie, to name a few. The dance floor featured the names of Shapiro and Davis engraved along the basslines on each side, and a giant management logo on center court.
Some attendees at the sold-out event wore floor-length gowns, while others were wrapped in sequins. The open bar was well-attended, serving signature “Not So Common Wealth” cocktails.
And after watching performances of Robinson’s “Clown’s Tears” and Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares,” many attendees murmured about the event’s opulence, comparing it to the inauguration of a U.S. president.
Shapiro’s inauguration on Tuesday secured a spot as a national politician that many political insiders see as a future presidential candidate.
Despite the evening’s fanfare, Pennsylvanians still don’t know who has the bills. It said it was funded entirely by an unnamed private donor, rather than by a private donor.
Shapiro’s inaugural committee used event management giant Weymouth Watson to organize Tuesday’s bash. According to its website, the company cites major political groups and foundations as past clients, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Obama Foundation.
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