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Final preparations for Saturday's inaugural events


Several streets surrounding the capitol area will be off limits as Governor-Elect Terry McAullife prepares to be sworn in Saturday. Since there are high rain chances, organizers are now allowing attendees to bring umbrellas.

At St. Paul's Episcopal Church Friday, crews set the stage for McAuliffe's prayer breakfast Saturday morning.

"Right before somebody steps in to such an important role is a good time to pray and ask others to pray for you," said Rector Wallace Adams-Riley.

It will unite ministers all across the state - of different faiths and backgrounds as the Commonwealth gears up for a change in leadership.

"Whether it's a Governor or another public official, of course they serve all the people," Riley said.

At noon Friday, 10th street at Main and Bank streets closed. By 7pm, several others were also blocked off.

Just off of a European tour, the Virginia State Gospel Choir is one of the many acts on program to perform for the incoming Governor.

Just before Saturday's swearing in, Governor McDonnell will hand over the keys to the executive mansion.

"We're running into this weekend with a lot going on," said organizer Ashley Bauman.

A look inside the Siegel Center Friday revealed a huge make over for the last of three balls to celebrate the new Governor Saturday night.

"Just last night we had a basketball game where VCU beat George Mason. We're really excited to transform that from basketball arena to ballroom," Bauman added.

Though there are high chances of rain Saturday - organizers are now allowing guests to bring umbrellas and they'll also have something for you.

"We are having ponchos provided at the gate for folks in attendance," Bauman said.

Some 5,000 are expected Saturday for the swearing in that begins at noon. With so many attending, gates will actually open at 9:30 AM. All of the city's public parking garages will be open and free.

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