The Presidential Inauguration Parade is part of the great ceremony that signifies a new president and a new beginning for America. This inaugural tradition will mark the 56th inauguration parade to take place. As a nod to President-elect Obama’s Hawaiian roots, his former high school, Punahou, will be marching in the parade. Additionally, parade spectators can expect ceremonial military processions, marching bands and floats. The parade is free and open to the public. It will also be televised for those who want to witness history, but from afar. This is a great event that the whole family will enjoy.
For those who like trivia, you may be interested to know that Inauguration day was originally to be March 4, but in 1933 a constitutional amendment changed the date from March 4 to January 20.
What You Need to Know to Go
When: January 20, 2009 – 2:30 p.m.
Admission: Tickets are not required. But don’t plan on bring the hibachi and camping out overnight. The public will not be allowed to line-up along the parade route until 7 a.m. and with tight security expect no exceptions.
Where: Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC; bleachers will be along the route that stretches from 3rd to 17th Streets.
Plan on taking the metro there and back. Parking is going to be limited on Inauguration Day and the streets surrounding the Capitol and parade route may be difficult to maneuver. That said, Metro could be a nightmare when the event is finished so consider ducking into a coffee shop or restaurant for a bite to eat to avoid the mad rush.