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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/ 1/2011

Inaugural ball: no ticket, no entry

By Nikita Stewart

Planners of Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray's inaugural ball are reminding the public that guests will not be allowed to enter the Sunday night celebration without a ticket.

The event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is expected to draw 11,000 guests. According to a news release, the warning is: "One guest, one ticket, or no entry. "

The free tickets became a hot commodity earlier this week and were scooped up over four distribution days. Gray's inaugural committee printed up 500 additional tickets to meet the demand, but some residents were still left disappointed.

The black-tie party, which begins at 7 p.m., with doors opening two hours earlier, will feature go-go godfather Chuck Brown and R & B singer Raheem DeVaughn.

In 2007, the inaugural ball for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty also proved a huge draw. The inaugural committee ended up abandoning attempts to take tickets, and about 15,000 guests crowded into a convention hall for the event.

By Nikita Stewart  | January 1, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
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Who cares? I don't plan to attend. Maybe Maryland and Virginia voters got tickets to attend Vince's inaugural ball.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | January 1, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

rockcreekpark, If you truly don't care, why read the article and bother to respond? Sour grapes, perhaps?

Posted by: BitterJill | January 1, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Michaele and Tareq Salahi will surely be there!

Posted by: sdansker2002 | January 2, 2011 6:57 AM | Report abuse

I will not be there because I don't care about Vince Gray and other lying politicians. Vincent Gray will break the spirits and hearts of DC voters like Fenty.

Posted by: mmatthews1 | January 2, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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