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Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Former First Lady Laura Bush and quarterback Brett Favre attend a ribbon cutting ceremony that honors the reopening of a playground in Kiln, Mississippi destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. White House photo

A ribbon cutting ceremony is a public ceremony conducted to inaugurate the opening to the general public of a new building or business.

Often, the ceremony is conducted in just the manner the name suggests: by tying a ceremonial ribbon across the main entrance of the building, which is then cut in a ritual manner by a dignitary to declare the building open for business. Occasionally, however, the ribbon cutting is merely metaphorical.

Frequently, celebrity guests or local political leaders will be invited to do the honors and cut the ribbon, especially if the building is a public building, hospital, or similar public works. Ribbon cutting ceremonies are

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