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Officials: 5,000 Portable Toilets for Inaugural

Spectators crowded onto the National Mall for President-elect Barack Obama's swearing in will be able to use 5,000 portable toilets, planners said at a briefing this morning at the D.C. Armory by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

There will also be 10 huge video walls and hundreds of loudspeakers for those who are too far back on the Mall to see the proceedings clearly, said Emmett Beliveau, executive director of the committee. The video walls will be the largest in the country, he said.

The committee is planning for huge crowds, though Beliveau was not specific on the number of people expected. Others, including D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), have said more than 3 million people could show up.

Sources tell the Post the portable toilets will not be cleaned during the day Jan. 20.

Update 6:48 p.m.: The Presidential Inaugural Committee says the toilets will be cleaned during the day.

By Nikita Stewart

By David A Nakamura  |  December 18, 2008; 10:05 AM ET  | Category:  Crowds , Presidential Inaugural Committee , Swearing-in Ceremony
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