Raimondo celebrates historic day with special Waterfire

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — It was a historic day in Rhode Island, as the newly sworn in governor became the first female governor in Rhode Island’s history.

But after Tuesday’s inauguration, Governor Gina Raimondo attended a special winter Waterfire and a celebration at the Waterplace Restaurant.

The crowd of people who were able to brave the cold were able to witness something special.

“It’s historical,” said Maria Vracic of Cumberland. “She is a woman and so am I, and we got to go with the business here.”

“It was a long day, but i was glad to be part of history in Rhode Island,” said supporter Jason McAloon.

A winter Waterfire sparked a new era for Rhode Island, as light snow fell throughout the ceremony.

“It was a beautiful day and everybody came out and we showed that we’re pretty tough and hearty here in Rhode Island,” said Governor Gina Raimondo, “because it was snowing and it was cold and we powered through it.”

But as supporters warmed up with an evening Waterfire and dancing at the Waterplace Restaurant, Governor Raimondo already has a clear order of business.

“First, second and third order of business is getting Rhode Islanders back to work,” said Raimondo. “Making Rhode Island a place that businesses want to be in and where we support our workers. That’s what it’s all about if we rebuild the middle class anything is possible.”

The inaugural festivities will continue Saturday, when Raimondo will host a State House open house that will feature free local food and musical performances from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Afterwards, the governor will host a family ice-skating outing at the rink in Providence.

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