It was an historic day in Seattle after the city sworn in its first gay mayor and first socialist council member.

It was the largest turnout ever for a Seattle inauguration ceremony for the swearing in of Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

Mayor Murray said he had heard from several groups who planned to attend the ceremony, which featured a gay and lesbian chorus.

Councilwoman Sawant also invited hundreds of people to attend.

Murray asked the council to move the ceremony out of the council chambers and into the main lobby, which can seat 800. City staff also opened a suspended walkway to increase standing capacity to 1,200 or more.

Hopefully, people see this as a sign of the type of the kind of mayor I want to be, said Murray. This is the people's City Hall.

Sawant won office, in part, with a promise to push for a $15 an hour minimum wage for all workers, and Murray has ordered a $15 minimum wage for city employees.

KING 5's Jake Whittenberg contributed to this report.

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