Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Official Schedule of Events for Inauguration Weekend in D.C.

The official Inauguration website finally has a schedule of events up. Here's what's on the agenda:

  • Sunday, Jan. 18: Inauguration-goers can hang with Obama on the steps of the Lincoln memorial. And perhaps with Bruce Springsteen as well-- more on this below.
  • Monday, Jan. 19-- Day time: On MLK day, Obama and Biden and their families "will participate in activities dedicated to serving others in communities across the Washington, D.C. area."
  • Monday, Jan. 19-- Evening: Party time at the Verizon Center. There will be a free "youth concert." I think that translates to teeny-bopper music. Maybe Miley Cyrus will make an appearance.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 20: The big day! The length of the Mall will be open to Inauguration-goers, with "festivities" commencing on the west front of the Capitol at 10 a.m. Here's the sked for the day, courtesy of the Presidential Inauguration Committee website:

    • Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
    • Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
    • Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
    • Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
    • Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
    • Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
    • President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
    • Inaugural Address
    • Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
    • Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
    • The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

    On the night Jan. 20, there will be ten Inauguration balls. If you're not looking to shell out $300+ dollars for a Ball ticket, check out the details for this free (or "affordable") one.

    It's not mentioned anywhere on the official site, but WTOP is reporting that Bruce Springsteen will be among the performers Inauguration weekend, supposedly playing during the event at the Lincoln Memorial on the 18th.

    Springsteen expected to perform Jan. 18 [WTOP]
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