Celebrations Hit District Streets
The inaugural celebration spilled out into the streets of Washington last night, as revelers braved freezing temperatures to toast President Barack Obama and swap stories about how they spent the historic day.
Those without tickets to black tie affairs turned nightlife zones such as Adams Morgan and K Street into their own neighborhood balls, and, as has been true all weekend, U Street seemed the epicenter of activity.
Harriett Barrington and her friends from Haines City, Fla., stood in a line outside Ben's Chili Bowl after spending 12 hours at 12th and Pennsylvania to watch the parade. Barrington headed to U street after hearing a national radio personality call the area the place to party.
"Tom Joyner said it was the place to go," said Barrington, as she waited in an alley next to the restaurant.
The street known as DC's black Broadway, burned almost to the ground during the 1968 riots, has undergone a renewal and its multicultural mix seemed representative of the Obama era.
Kramerbooks and Dupont Circle are so Clinton administration.
-- Elissa Silverman
January 20, 2009; 10:00 PM ET
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