Breaking with the city’s historical precedent, outgoing Mayor Thomas M. Menino will be one of just a handful of Boston mayors in the past century who did not attend their successors’ swearing-in ceremonies.
Menino told reporters on Friday that he will not formally participate in the Jan. 6 inauguration of Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh.
“No,” Menino said, when asked by a Boston Herald reporter if he would be involved in the swearing in. “It’s Marty Walsh’s day. It’s not Tom Menino’s day.”
Menino spokeswoman Dot Joyce later said that Menino will be leaving for a long-planned vacation on inaugural day but hopes to first meet with Walsh that day to formally hand over the reins. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.