City of New Orleans will mark inauguration with ceremony at Gallier Hall


    Gallier Hall in New Orleans
    Gallier Hall on St. Charles Avenue at Lafayette Square in New Orleans, June 15, 2007. (Photo via CC:

    The City of New Orleans will hold a small ceremony in front of Gallier Hall on Wednesday to mark the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Mayor Latoya Cantrell announced on Tuesday.

    New Orleans City Council President Helena Moreno will join Cantrell for the ceremony, which will start at 4:30 p.m. to coincide with the event in Washington, D.C., which Gov. John Bel Edwards will be attending in-person.

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony will be filmed and streamed live on Facebook for the public.

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    Wesley Muller
    Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and recognitions, including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.