Thursday morning was a time for pomp and circumstance as hundreds of people attended the swearing-in ceremony for Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Controller Ronald Green and city council members.
Mayor Parker was sworn in for her final two-year term in office.
The ceremony, held at the Gus S. Wortham Theater Center, was a time the mayor to congratulate everyone and to say that she is honored to continue to serve as Houston mayor of what she calls "the best job in the best city in America."
In prepared remarks, the term-limited mayor said she will focus on a number of issues, including ending chronic homelessness and the city's basic services.
"It is time that you see real progress in the street and drainage system improvements," said Mayor Parker.
The mayor stuck to simple themes in her speech: the economy and challenging all Houstonians to work together.
"Please join me, join me today as we create the future of Houston," she said.
The mayor also swore in the next city council members, which include 14 men and two women.
While most of this swearing-in ceremony was upbeat, the mayor also asked Houstonians to continue to pray for the firefighters who died and the other firefighters who were gravely injured in the motel fire on May 31, 2013, which has been called the worst loss of life in the history of the Houston Fire Department.