Update: Marching Band Deadline Extended
Want to march in the inaugural parade? You and your band now have until Tuesday to apply.
Friday was supposed to be the big day for those bands that want to join the Barack Obama inaugural parade. The application deadline for groups interested in marching in the Jan. 20 event had been set for 5 p.m. Friday.
But this afternoon the deadline was extended until Tuesday to give groups more time to step up.
The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which collects and does an initial evaluation of the applicants, said it passes on the list to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which makes the final parade selections.
Navy Lieut. Mike Billips, a spokesman for the armed forces committee, said applications are coming in at a rate of more than 10 an hour. So far, more than 400 have been received.
In 2005, 47 civilian marching bands were selected from 343 applications. Application information is available at here.
Michael E. Ruane
November 13, 2008; 4:00 PM ET
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