Balloons are better
Volunteer Caitlin Rexses hands out balloons to visitors before the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Catholic Charities Central Services Facility on Eastex Freeway in Beaumont on Saturday, August 13, 2005.
Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremonies are death on a stick. It's best to arrive early or stay late to get anything other than the ficticious "event."
Both types of ceremonies are unimaginative and cliche. Consequently, PJs need to really work them hard to eliminate any possibility of seeing their name under an image of someone cheesing the camera with oversized, cardboard scissors or folks in suits and skirts wearing brand new, cheap hardhats with a foot on a gold-painted shovel.