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Mayor-Elect to host inaugural picnic at Starlight Theatre

City of Kansas City, Mo., Mayor-Elect Sly James has announced plans to forgo the traditional black-tie ball and instead host a picnic for his inaugural celebration. The picnic will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 1-4 p.m. at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road.

“I want to begin my term as mayor by thanking the thousands of men and women who serve our city and are constantly asked to do more with less,” James said. “We have a lot to do in the next four years, and I am committed to working together and being inclusive as we move our city forward – my inaugural celebration will be no different.”

Approximately 3,000 tickets will be made available to City employees and the general public to attend the event. Approximately 2,000 tickets will be reserved for City employees interested in attending. Additional tickets will be sold for $10 each through Starlight Theatre. Attendees must have a ticket for entry into the event.

Traditional picnic and barbeque food will be served free-of-charge to ticketed guests and the band Full Blast will provide live music from the Starlight stage.

The overall cost of the inaugural picnic will be less than $50,000, with a majority of the budget underwritten by private donations. An inaugural fund, TogetherKC, has been set up at the Mid America Regional Council (MARC) to collect those contributions.

Interested City employees who wish to attend the inaugural picnic should contact their supervisor or department head to reserve a ticket beginning Monday, April 18. Information regarding other details, such as parking, will be provided to ticketed guests.

Non-City employees who wish to purchase tickets may do so beginning April 21 through Starlight Theatre at 816-363-7827 or in person at the box office. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information about the inaugural picnic is available at

For media inquiries or more information, please contact Amy Jordan Wooden, Sly James Transition Team, at


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