By Michael Cervin
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America was founded on the idea that we elect a president and when elected, they take office, but not before there’s a big party (sans cheap beer and wings) with about 250,000 people. Welcome to the Presidential Inaugural, even if you didn’t vote. Every January (well, every four or eight years depending) Washington D.C breaks out all the stops and way too many people flood this non-state to watch the president be sworn in on the steps of the Capitol.
This is followed by the Inaugural Parade, generally held on the afternoon of the swearing-in ceremony. After the president and vice-president have been sworn in (and after the inaugural luncheon which you’re not invited to), they typically travel down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, where they remain while they review the rest of the parade as it passes by. The parade is full of marching bands, military units, citizens groups and lots of hoopla. The tradition of the inaugural parade goes back to the first inauguration of George Washington who, as history tells us, ended the parade with a football and pizza.
When and Where is the 2013 Presidential Inauguration?
The 2013 Inaugural Parade will take place in the afternoon of January 21 and will proceed down 15 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House and it typically takes about two hours (as you know nothing moves quickly here). Once underway, the ceremony itself will last about an hour. January is historically cold and wet with temperatures near freezing – and nothing says “four more years” like damp fun.
But it’s not merely the Swearing-In that people come to see. The weekend is filled with inaugural balls with names like the Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, Kentucky Bluegrass Ball, Inaugural Fashion Show and Luncheon, New Mexico Inaugural Ball (and are they still a state?) and about 15 others. So be part of history and check out the Inaugural.
The 2013 Presidential Inauguration
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Jan 21st, 2:30 p.m. (approximate)
Cost: Theoretically it’s free, both the Swearing-In Ceremony and the Inaugural Parade…but then again, this is Washington so who really knows.
So you’re in Washington, then check out the Newseum (a very cool perspective on news), Gadsby’s Tavern in Old Town Alexandria (where George Washington and Thomas Jefferson used to eat and where I ate though I have no commemorative plaque), and for weirdness visit the National Postal Museum before they too run out of money.