Apache Belles visit State Capitol, perform in inaugural parade of Gov. Greg Abbott

Mar 30, 2015 by

The Tyler Junior College Apache Belles traveled to Austin on Tuesday, Jan. 20, for the inaugural ceremony and parade for Greg Abbott, the 48th governor of Texas.

“This was a momentous day in the history of Texas,” Apache Belles Director Jasilyn Schaefer said, “and the Apache Belles were honored to take part.”

The Apache Belles spent a day in Austin on Jan. 20. The Belles toured the State Capitol, met the representatives from their home districts and performed in the inaugural parade for Gov. Greg Abbott.

The Apache Belles spent a day in Austin on Jan. 20. The Belles toured the State Capitol, met the representatives from their home districts and performed in the inaugural parade for Gov. Greg Abbott.

Following the inauguration ceremony, Abbott took a few moments to meet the Apache Belles and TJC photographer Jessica Alexander inside the Capitol lobby and pose for what turned out to be his first photo after being sworn in as governor.

He later shared the photo on his personal Twitter account and said, “The first photo I took after becoming governor was with the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles.”

This is not the first time the Belles have been part of Texas inaugural history. In 1991, Ann Richards was sworn in as the first female governor of Texas, and the Apache Belles marched in her inaugural parade.

The Apache Belles’ Austin experience wouldn’t have been complete without a lesson on Texas history. The Belles spent inauguration morning with Matt Schaefer, state representative for District 6 and husband of Apache Belles Director Schaefer, as he and his staff conducted tours of the Capitol; and they were introduced from the
House Floor.

The Belles also had the opportunity to meet the representatives of their respective home districts.

Follow the Apache Belles at
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