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Inauguration Parade 2013

A Guide to Attending the Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC

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Inauguration Parade 2013

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The Presidential Inauguration Parade is an American tradition honoring the newly sworn in President and Vice President. The event will include a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens' groups, marching bands, and floats. The inauguration parade is open to the public and will be televised so that millions of Americans can view this special event.

For details on all of the day's events, See Presidential Inauguration 2013

Date: January 21, 2013 – 2:30 p.m. - Tickets are not required. The public will not be allowed to lineup along the parade route before 7 a.m.

Location: Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Viewing stands and bleachers will extend from 3rd to 17th Sts. See a map of the inaugural parade route

The Presidential Inauguration Parade is expected to be the most attended event of the year. Security will be complex and many roads will be closed. Parking will be extremely limited. The best way to get to the parade will be by Metro. You should expect long lines and delays. Arrive early and be patient. You can purchase your Metro fare in advance to save time. Read more about getting around Washington, DC on Inauguration Day

The presidential inaugural parade is coordinated by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region. Since 1789, the U.S. Armed Forces has provided support for official presidential inaugural ceremonies. The earliest inaugural parades served as military escorts for incoming Presidents to the swearing in ceremony and grew to include floats and thousands of participants. Representatives from all 50 states will follow the President and Vice President from the Capitol down the 1.5 mile route on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Inaugural Float Designs

The parade will include eight custom-designed floats, four representing the First Family and Second Family’s home states, and four honoring the extraordinary progress we’ve made as a nation. Here are the details:
  • The Hawaii State Float – Hawaii is the birthplace of President Obama. The float features a large volcano modeled after the famous Diamond Head Volcano and a tribute to the late Senator Daniel Inouye.

  • The Illinois State Float – Illinois is the birthplace of First Lady Michelle Obama. The float features American flags, the state flag and a panorama of the Capitol.

  • The Pennsylvania State Float – Pennsylvania is the birthplace of Vice President Joe Biden. The float includes a replica of the Liberty Bell and the Pennsylvania State Seal.

  • The Delaware State Float – Delaware is the home state of Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden. The float includes a replica of State Capitol Bell Tower.

  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Float – The float’s design features an image of Dr. King and a representation of his quote “out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”

  • The Civil Rights Movements Float – The Civil Rights float features images representing historic struggles of many of the civil rights movements in our country. The images represented include Immigration, Women's, LGBT, Civil and Labor Rights. The float also includes Martin Luther King's quote “The Arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."

  • The Tuskegee Airmen Float – The float is a tribute to the brave young men who were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. The float features a model North American P-51 Mustang.

  • The Inaugural Theme, “Our People. Our Future.” Float – The American people are the focus of this float. Riding on the float are the citizen co-chairs for the National Day of Service.

Groups Participating in the Inaugural Parade

  • 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts)
  • 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company B (Silver Spring, Maryland)
  • The 81st Regional Support Command Wildcats (Fort Jackson, South Carolina)
  • A Therapeutic Equine Assisted Self-Confidence Experience (Cottage Grove, Wisconsin)
  • Ambulance 255 Project (North Franklin, Connecticut)
  • Asheville High School Marching Band (Asheville, North Carolina)
  • Ballet Folklórico de la Raza (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • Ballou Senior High School “Majestic” Marching Knights (Washington, DC)
  • Boston College Screaming Eagles Marching Band (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Boy Scout Troop 358 (Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • Calera Eagle Marching Band (Calera High School, Calera, Alabama)
  • Canine Companions for Independence (Fauquier County, Virginia)
  • Central Valley High School Marching Band (Spokane Valley, Washington)
  • Chinese American Community Center Folk Dance Troupe (Newark, Delaware)
  • Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard (Fort Riley, Kansas)
  • Comparsa Morelense (Nevada)
  • Culver Academies (Culver, Indiana)
  • Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band (Kingsport, Tennessee)
  • Fergus Falls High School Marching Band (Fergus Falls, Minnesota)
  • Frankfort High School Marching Band (Ridgeley, West Virginia)
  • Georgia State University Marching Band (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Grambling State University Marching Band (Grambling, Louisiana)
  • Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission (Awendaw, South Carolina)
  • The Gym Dandies Children’s Circus (Scarborough Maine Schools,Scarborough, Maine)
  • Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corp (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Jackson Memorial Jaguar Band (Jackson Memorial High School, Bradley Beach, New Jersey)
  • Kamehameha Schools Warrior Marching Band (Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Lesbian and Gay Band Association (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • Letcher County Central Marching Band (Letcher County Central High School, Whitesburg, Kentucky
  • Liberty North High School Band (Liberty, Missouri)
  • Little Rock Central High School Marching Band (Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • Londonderry High School Marching Band and Color Guard (Londonderry, New Hampshire)
  • Miami University Marching Band (Oxford, Ohio)
  • Michigan’s Multi-jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team and Color Guard (Ypsilanti, Michigan)
  • Military Spouses of Michigan (Michigan)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Washington, DC)
  • Native American Women Warriors (Billings, Montana)
  • Navajo Nation Band (Window Rock, Arizona)
  • The Northern State University Wolves’ Marching Band (Aberdeen, South Dakota)
  • Norwich University Regimental Band (Northfield, Vermont)
  • Palm Springs High School "Spirit of the Sands" Marching Band (Palm Springs, California)
  • Palmview High School Mariachi and Folkloric Group (Mission, Texas)
  • Pearl River Community College Marching Band (Poplarville, Mississippi)
  • Portsmouth High School Marching Band (Portsmouth, Rhode Island)
  • Punahou Band (Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Seguro Que Si (Orlando, Florida)
  • South Shore Drill Team (Chicago, Illinois)
  • The Tribes of North Dakota (North Dakota)
  • Union High School Air Force Junior ROTC (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • United War Veterans Council (New York, New York)
  • University of Maryland Marching Band (College Park, Maryland)
  • Utah Hispanic Dance Alliance (Sandy, Utah)
  • The Utuqqagmiut Dancers (Wainwright, Alaska)
  • Virginia Military Institute Marching Unit (Lexington, Virginia)
  • (More to Be Announced)

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