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Capacity Crowd Will Close Checkpoints

Security officials will count the number of spectators arriving for the inaugural parade, and when the crowd reaches capacity, they will turn people away, reports the Post's Lena H. Sun. Officials warned that could happen well before the parade begins between 2:30 and 3 p.m.

"Once the sidewalks on the north and south side of Pennsylvania Avenue reach capacity, at that point we will close our checkpoints so no more folks can get onto the parade route," said Malcolm Wiley, a spokesman for the Secret Service.

He declined to say how many people would have to arrive to reach capacity. But according to a security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to comment, capacity is expected to be between 280,000 and 300,000. That number will include only those people standing on the sidewalks; it does not include the 5,000 people who have tickets to sit on bleachers along the parade route. Officials estimate that at least 1.5 million and possibly more than 3 million people will attend the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 20.

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By David A Nakamura  |  January 13, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Crowds , Parade , Security
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Posted by: bhttina | January 13, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I have parade tickets, but have no idea what the location is or how early I need to get there. I assume that those without tickets will fill the route at 7 am, but this won't affect me, right?

When will they release the map of the parade seating areas so I can strategize getting down to the area?

Posted by: nashpaul | January 13, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse


I have a similar situation. I hope you get an answer.

In my case, we would be coming from a ceremony viewing party at a hotel just south of the mall, but have bleacher tickets to the parade. I was thinking of walking up 12th street right after BHO takes his oath at noon and hopefully getting to Penn by 1pm. I read somewhere that ticket holders need to be seated by 1pm. Any guidance on if this could work would be appreciated.


Posted by: stewieforest | January 15, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I have the same concern. If we have bleacher seats do we need to be at our bleacher seats very early? I'm concerned that even with tickets in hand, we will be turned away if the police have closed the security checkpoints. I haven't seen this issue addressed anywhere and would appreciate some guidance. Thanks!

Posted by: dcalt | January 15, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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