- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - At least four of Louisiana’s former governors will watch Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards take the oath of office at his inauguration ceremony Monday.

Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said outgoing Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is term-limited, will attend the ceremony to watch his Democratic successor take over the job.

Carbo said former Govs. Edwin Edwards, Buddy Roemer and Kathleen Blanco also will be on hand at the event. Former Gov. Mike Foster’s attendance is questionable because Carbo said the two-term Republican governor hasn’t been feeling well.

Edwards’ transition office outlined new details Thursday about his inaugural ceremony, announcing that LSU play-by-play announcer Jim Hawthorne will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Hawthorne just completed his last season broadcasting LSU football games and will retire after the men’s basketball season from a job he’s held for more than 30 years.

“To be personally asked to serve as master of ceremonies by Gov.-elect Edwards was a thrill,” Hawthorne said in a statement. “I feel extremely honored to be able to give something back to the state that has given so much to me.”

Edwards will be introduced at the ceremony by Murray Starkel, one of the governor-elect’s classmates at West Point.

The invocation will be led by the Rev. Rodney Wood of Mission Foundation, while the inaugural prayer will be led by the Rev. Samuel Tolbert, president of the National Baptist Convention. Father Mark Beard of St. Helena Catholic Church will give the benediction.

A long list of musical groups will perform at the inaugural festivities, including Tulane Roots of Music, the Centenary College Choir, the National World War II Museum’s Victory Belles, the Livingston Parish Children’s Choir, the Inaugural Gospel Choir and the Louisiana National Guard band.

State Rep. Jack Montoucet, D-Crowley, and his family will sing “Amazing Grace” in French.


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