Inaugural Ball draws students too young to vote, ready to dance

January 13, 1993|By Arthur Hirsch | Arthur Hirsch,Staff Writer

The ascension of a new generation of leaders in Washington on Jan. 20 will also be celebrated by those who were too young to vote this time around.

In Annapolis and cities across the United States, high school students will mark inauguration night with parties, speeches, even Bill and Hillary Clinton look-alike contests.

Buddy's Crabs and Ribs, a restaurant in downtown Annapolis, has been chosen as national headquarters for the event, billed as the Great American Inaugural Ball. The celebration is being staged by American Happenings of Annapolis, a TV production company that co-sponsored a mock election.

"It's a great way to involve people other than the black-tie, Washington inaugural crowd," said Gerard J. Ferri, president of American Happenings.

At Buddy's, students from four or more Anne Arundel County high schools will dance, drink alcohol-free punch, have a first couple look-alike contest, and watch TV coverage of inauguration activities in Washington.

Mr. Ferri said a number of celebrities, including President-elect Bill Clinton and Vice President-elect Al Gore, have been invited to stop in.

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