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Video: Obamas Walk Part of Parade Route

Barack and Michelle Obama got out of their limo to walk part of the parade route and were greeted with cheers from parade watchers:...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Gets Out of Limo and Walks

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take part in inaugural parade. (Reuters) At 4:04 p.m., President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama got out of their limo at 7th and Pennsylvania, NW, (just past the Newseum)...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Parade Begins

The inaugural parade has begun, with the marching of the military bands. You can watch it live on washingtonpost.com....

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama to Depart Capitol Soon

We are getting word from someone in the Presidential Inaugural Committee that Obama is expected to leave the Capitol at 3 p.m. -- Nelson G. Hernandez...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parade Announcer Entertains the Waiting Crowds

(2:20 p.m. -- Reviewing stand in front of the White House) As people streamed into the area for the inaugural parade, the parade's announcer kept the crowd entertained by pointing out the notables who were coming into the stands. "Ladies...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 02:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Motorcade Thrills Parade-goers

The slow progress of the presidential motorcade has given some cheer to chilled viewers along the parade route. The line of vehicles, which included dozens of police cars and motorcycles, departed from the White House around 10:55 a.m. and elicited...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 20, 2009; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

Here's the Order of the Parade Procession: Army First, NASA Last

The Presidential Inaugural Committee released the order that the parade procession will march down the 1.5-mile path along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House tomorrow. Over 10,000 people from all 50 states will follow Barack Obama and...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Readers Share Survival Tips

Post reporters aren't the only people with experience attending inaugurations. Many longtime Washingtonians and area visitors who have braved the elements and the crowds over the years responded to our call for advice on navigating an inauguration. Here are some...

By Washington Post Editors | January 16, 2009; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ticket Pickup Begins at Convention Center, Then Bogs Down and Is Postponed

The line to pickup tickets at the Convention Center today. The Presidential Inaugural Committee and Ticketmaster began hand-issuing inauguration, parade and ball tickets at the Washington Convention Center, at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, this morning. While Inauguration Watch...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (7)

More Federal Buildings Open as 'Rest Stops' on Inauguration Day

Federal officials today announced that several government buildings along the inaugural parade route will remain open to the public on Tuesday, providing warmth and restrooms. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the Old Post Office Pavilion (at 12th and Pennsylvania)...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Weather Watch: "Chance of Snow" On Inauguration Day

The National Weather Service, in its first detailed weather prediction for inauguration day Jan. 20, is forecasting a cloudy, overcast day with “a chance of snow." ACCUweather had been hinting at snow, but said Tuesday that it was too far...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 03:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

No Jumbotrons on Parade Route

Contrary to information provided by D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty this morning, official sources tell us the Presidential Inaugural Committee has decided not to place Jumbotrons along the parade route on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The idea to wheel several of...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 03:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

Map of Jumbotron Locations

We told you an hour ago about the locations for more than 20 Jumbotrons that will be broadcasting the inauguration and parade on the Mall and along the parade route. Click the image at right for a view of the...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (6)

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...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

District to Paint "Blue Line" For Parade Tonight

The traditional blue strip that is used to guide participants along the inaugural parade route will be painted tonight by the D.C. Department of Transportation. The line will run from the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and 3rd Street NW to...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 06:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reporters Discuss Getting From Swearing-in to Parade, More

Post Inauguration Watch bloggers David Nakamura and Nikita R. Stewart were online Monday, Jan. 12 at noon ET to discuss all the events, hype and hoopla surrounding the swearing-in of Barack Obama and how the city is preparing for Jan....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 12, 2009; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Weather Watch: First Look at Jan. 20 Forecast: 38 Degrees, Sunny

weather.com has its 10-day forecast available for the Washington area and shows, at this point at least, that Inauguration Day will be cold but sunny, with little chance of rain or snow. The service predicts a sunny day with a...

By David A Nakamura | January 11, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Parade Tickets Sell Out in Minutes

5,000 tickets for the bleacher seats for the inaugural parade went onsale at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today and, according to reports, sold out within minutes. Or less than a minute. Here are some of the comments on our...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (37)

PIC Spokesman: Inaugural Ball/Parade Ticketing Not Complete

A spokesman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee confirmed an Inauguration Watch report that some supporters of Barack Obama have been offered tickets to the inaugural balls, parade and swearing-in ceremony. But spokesman Kevin Griffis stressed that the ticketing has not...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (6)

Are Inaugural Ball/Parade Tickets Available -- For the Lucky Few?

Everyone's been waiting for the word on how to buy tickets to the official inaugural balls and the parade--but so far the Presidential Inaugural Committee has not issued any instructions on when they'll be available and how to buy them....

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (16)

Report: Obama to Use GM Limo

General Motors might be on hard times these days, but Barack Obama apparently plans to ride in a GM-build limosine for the inaugural parade, the Detroit News reports. According to the article, the limo, which will replace a 2006 model...

By David A Nakamura | January 6, 2009; 05:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Day Forecasting Faceoff

The Capital Weather Gang is doing meteorological combat this month to predict exactly how miserable inauguration-goers will be outside on Jan. 20, and you're invited to join the melee. While predicting the weather out past a week is dicey at...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 5, 2009; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Students Can Win Top Parade Seating With Essay Contest

District middle and high school students can write their way into a front row seat to the inaugural parade of President-elect Barack Obama. More than 100 students will be selected to sit in a viewing stand in front of the...

By Marcia Davis | January 3, 2009; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

What's Prohibited Where

Many readers have been writing in to ask us about what they can and can't bring to inaugural events. Prohibited items for inauguration day have been popping up a lot in the news lately, but the reports don’t provide a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 31, 2008; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

'Rosa Parks' Bus to Participate in Inaugural Parade

A bus commemorating Rosa Parks's refusal to give up her seat on a city bus in Birmingham, Ala., in 1955 will take part in the inaugural parade, Metro announced today. The is not the one Parks rode when she helped...

By David A Nakamura | December 22, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Crowd Estimate Cut in Half

Officials now say the number of people expected to gather for Barack Obama's inauguration is more likely to be around 2 million than the initial figure of 4 million provided by D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), according to a...

By David A Nakamura | December 22, 2008; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Giant Map Is Unveiled to Explain Giant Plan

How do you plan for an event that some are calling the largest in U.S. history? You get a map that's almost as big as the city itself. Okay, that's an exaggeration. But at a morning news conference, the Armed...

By Mike McPhate | December 18, 2008; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (8)

NASA Crew, Rover to Take Part in Inaugural Parade

NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson, Eric Boe, Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Shane Kimbrough recently completed a 16-day, 6.6-million mile trip in Space Shuttle Endeavor. Now, they'll take a more Earth-bound--but perhaps just as meaningful--journey as members of NASA's...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Want to See Where Vendors Will Be?

If you're going to be attending the inauguration Jan. 20 and think you'll be hungry or thirsty or want some Barack Obama memorabilia, here's a map that shows you the zones where the licensed vendors will be able to set...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Deconstructing the GWU Parade Float

Not since Izzy of the Atlanta Olympics fame has a design been as hard to figure out as George Washington University's inaugural float, which was invited by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to take part in Barack Obama's presidential parade...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mayor Fenty: Max Crowds Mean Three Square Feet Per Person

Wonder how authorities came up with the idea that there could be 3 million to 4 million people at Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony and parade? It appears the number wasn't arrived at by a rigorous analysis of how many plane,...

By David A Nakamura | December 12, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

'Rangers' to Ride in Obama's Parade

Just how presidential are mowers, toilet plungers and broomsticks? It appears we'll find out on Jan. 20. From Mary Ann Akers's The Sleuth blog: [The] World Famous Lawn Rangers from Amazing Arcola (Illinois) -- a longtime staple of beer-drenched St....

By Washington Post Editors | December 11, 2008; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

See Local Inaugural Bands in Action

Yesterday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the first group of organizations chosen to march in the inaugural parade. Since then, still more has been revealed about the participants -- and of special interest to many in the area are the...

By Washington Post Editors | December 9, 2008; 09:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Battle of the Bands?

Marching bands of historically black colleges and universities have long been known for their rivalries. Forget about which football team is better. Sometimes, it's all about the bands. There have been major motion pictures made about the phenomenon. Now, the...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (6)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Rashad Brown (pictured with author and professor Cornell West) Age: 23 Residence: Tallahassee, Fla. Profession: Recently graduated from Florida A&M University with master's in education...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Three Virginia Groups Invited to Inaugural Parade

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has asked three Virginia organizations to participate in the parade after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in on Jan. 20: the T.C. Williams High School Army JROTC, the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets, and the...

By David A Nakamura | December 8, 2008; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Mount Up: U.S. Border Patrol to be in Parade

Inaugural officials have started selecting applicants to march in the big Jan. 20 parade, and sources said among the first to be notified is an outfit from the U.S, Border Patrol, that will include horses, bagpipes and drums, and a...

By David A Nakamura | December 5, 2008; 07:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

What Will and Won't Be Open Along Parade Route

Following the Newseum's announcement that it would welcome visitors during the Inaugation Day parade, the Going Out Gurus checked in with other sites on the route: As of now, many other museums plan to be open that day including all...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Newseum Offers Warm Spot to Watch Parade

The Newseum, which reopened in its new location near the Capitol in April, will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Inauguration Day, the Associated Press reports. It should offer great views -- and warmth -- to visitors...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 4, 2008; 04:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sources: Inauguration Organizers to Open More Viewing Space

It looks like organizers are going to be opening up the Mall to accommodate more people, sources tell Inauguration Watch. In the past, the area from 7th Street NW to 15th Street NW was used for staging the parade. But...

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. to Obama: Use "Taxation Without Representation" License Plates

So many decisions for a president-elect. Who to pick for the Cabinet? Where to send your kids to school? And now ... what license plates to use on the presidential limo? If the D.C. Council has any say, Barack Obama...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural No-Nos: Strollers, Coolers, Backpacks and More...

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has posted on its Web site a number of tips to keep in mind for those planning on attending the Jan. 20 swearing-in ceremony and parade. Among the list of items banned from...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Construction Begins on Viewing Stands Outside D.C. City Hall

Construction began today on the bleachers in front of the John A. Wilson Building, D.C.'s city hall, where Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and council members will watch Barack Obama trek down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the...

By David A Nakamura | December 1, 2008; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Officers Vie to Escort VIPs for Inauguration

With all the VIPs expected to attend the inauguration, the competition is on to find military escorts for them, reports the Post's Michael E. Ruane. Ruane writes: It is a once-in-a-lifetime, much-sought-after job, interviewers said, especially this time, for the...

By David A Nakamura | November 24, 2008; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Estimated 1,300 Groups Apply for Inaugural Parade

The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee says it is still counting applications to particpate in the inaugural parade, but estimates that there have been over 1,300. For the last inauguration for George Bush in 2005, there were about 400 applications, and...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eight D.C. Public Schools Apply for Inaugural Parade Spot

Today is the deadline for high school marching bands to apply to be in the inaugural parade, and eight D.C. public schools are applying, said Jennifer Calloway, a school system spokeswoman. Calloway said the following high schools will compete for...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

ANSWER Coalition Still Fighting Parade Bleachers

An anti-war group, whose 2005 lawsuit is freeing up a majority of the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue so that more people can see Barack Obama’s inaugural parade, won’t be satisfied until it gets the entire street. The ANSWER Coalition...

By David A Nakamura | November 17, 2008; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

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...

By Marcia Davis | November 13, 2008; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Marching Band Application Deadline for Parade Is Friday

Friday is a 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 is 5 p.m. Friday. The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which...

By Marcia Davis | November 13, 2008; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

National Park Service: Fewer Bleachers, Better Viewing for Parade Watchers

Workers have started construction of the viewing stands on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. The Post's Nikita Stewart and Michael E. Ruane are reporting that the National Park Service will build just 8,700 bleacher seats for...

By David A Nakamura | November 12, 2008; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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