After bruising mayoral run, `celebration of the city' starts

Two big parties planned for O'Malley's supporters

November 22, 1999|By Gerard Shields | Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

With the city election over, Mayor-elect Martin O'Malley says it's time to party.

The northeast city councilman, who bested 27 candidates to succeed Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke next month, will be throwing two huge parties over the next two weeks.

The first will take place tonight in Lexington Market for O'Malley campaign supporters.

As many as 2,500 O'Malley backers are expected to attend the invitation-only event being billed as: "Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Community."

The affair will include international food stations, and supporters will be given $10 in vouchers to purchase goods.

The market party begins at 6: 30 p.m. and features international music, including an 8 p.m. performance by O'Malley's Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March.

A second bash will be thrown at the Baltimore Convention Center on Dec. 7, the night of O'Malley's inauguration.

Tentative plans include O'Malley holding the swearing-in ceremony outside City Hall at noon in War Memorial Plaza.

The party would be held that night and would cost $50 per ticket with proceeds going to a local charity, O'Malley said.

O'Malley is searching for a national music act to highlight the event, which is not expected to be a black-tie affair. Among the entertainers being considered, he said, were the Neville Brothers.

After such a bruising election campaign -- which lasted almost a year because it was the first open race without an incumbent mayor running in 28 years -- O'Malley stressed that the parties will geared toward uniting the city.

"This is not going to be Martin O'Malley presents Martin O'Malley," he said. "I want it to be a celebration of the city."

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