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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier will be online today at 11 a.m. ET to take your questions about the security risks presented by the inauguration, how the city is preparing for the influx of visitors and what you need to know for a safe and hassle-free inauguration experience.

Submit your questions and comments before or during the discussion, or read the transcript.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 16, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  | Category:  Answers
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Post reporters, we need your help. Please, please, make someone at Park Police give you an answer on the question of whether parade ticketholder access will be cut off at the same time that non-ticketholder access is deemed to have hit capacity.

In her chat, Chief Lanier referred us all to Park Police, saying it was out of her jurisdiction. I just called USPP's Communications Section at (202) 619-7105 and no one there had an answer for me.

In fact they didn't even seem to understand the question; they kept saying "if you're not in your seat by 30 minutes before the parade begins, we will give your seat away." I kept saying "All right, I understand, but that's not my question; what if you all cut off non-ticket-holder access to the parade route at 11 AM and I show up at 11:30? Can I still get in?" Finally I got "I don't know the answer to that."

I was told I could try to call (202) 727-9009 to attempt to get someone who has an answer, but that number just rings and rings. I don't even know what that number is to; Google search results are not encouraging.

Surely someone somewhere must have the power to make a call on this and disseminate the information to the public! The parade tickets and accompanying instructional literature say nothing about having to arrive on the route before the open standing area reaches capacity, and many people will be disappointed---and out the cost of their tickets---if we are turned away.

Posted by: bug451 | January 16, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree with bug451 completely. It is impossible to get an actual answer to this access question. We all understand the inauguration ceremonies are a fluid situation, but how can anyone make their triple or quadruple alternative plans without having any facts upon which to make those plans.

Posted by: rtper | January 16, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Bleacher Creatures need Help

Can you speak to folk we can not seem to reach by phone or otherwise

I am travelling from Canada and relied on the ticket saying you had to be seated a half hour in advance
There is a specified entry point off the parade route:

The ticket says bleachers open at 7 for a parade that PIC2009 says starts after 2:30, do I really need to "save" my reserved seat for 7 hours?

I understand the need to stop unticketed folk from crushing those who are in an area already filled to capacity But that does not apply to the fenced off bleacher area

My yellow A gate is at 13th St NW at E Street NW,
A block off the route so i figure no one will be watching the parade there?

If this is what ticket notation "no seat guaranteed" meant someone mislead a lot of us who paid for a "reserved" seat

To avoid unpleasantness on the day can we get something we can print off now and show if we are right so we can get to our seats???


Posted by: dshort99 | January 16, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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