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Perry's Inaugural Party a Scaled Back, Austere Event

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    Texas Gov. Rick Perry gestures during a campaign rally Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010 in Cypress, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Gov. Rick Perry's evening inaugural festivities stuck with the 2011 austere but patriotic Texas theme.

    About 2,000 people attended Perry's inauguration ball Tuesday night at the Palmer Events Center

    State leaders, legislators, judges and other dignitaries roamed the venue, hours after Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst were sworn in at the Texas Capitol.

    Perry, his wife Anita, and their two adult children were present. The first lady was wearing an elegant dress she had had worn to her son's wedding and had restyled.

    The scaled-back inaugural ball came as the state faces a projected $15 billion or more budget shortfall in the next two-year period.

    The evening's musical entertainment included Bonnie Bishop, Clay Walker, Pat Green and the Eli Young Band.