Inauguration 2013: Inaugural Parade to march down Pennsylvania Avenue

Get to Pennsylvania Avenue early, very early, if you want to see the Inaugural Parade. Photo: 2013 Parade Route Courtesy of Presidential Inauguration Committee

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2013 — After the Swearing-in ceremony for the 44th president at around 11:30 .am. and the luncheon with Congress in the Capitol itself, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives will lead the Inaugural Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue at 2 p.m. to the Presidential Viewing Stand in front of the White House.

The first Inaugural Parade began with George Washington when he was sworn-in on April 30, 1789, in New York City and local militias joined his journey from Mt. Vernon to New York where members of the Continental Army and Congress as well as prominent people joined him on his march to Federal Hall for the inauguration.

2005 Inaugural Parade Photo: U.S. Navy

While Inaugural Parades in the early years of our country were informal, the first organized parade happened at the 1809 Inauguration of James Madisonm, when he unofficially reviewed the troops.

By the time of President William Henry Harrison in 1841, floats, college students, marching bands, and political clubs had joined the parade.

In 1865, for the first time African Americans joined the parade for Lincoln’s Inaugural. Teddy Roosevelt made sure Native Americans marched in the 1905 parade, including six Indian chiefs with Geronimo front and center and causing an uproar at the time. Women were finally allowed to march in the parade in 1917 for Woodrow Wilson’s Inaugural.

Jimmy Carter is the president who began the tradition of walking part of the way along the one-mile parade route. Today, despite security concerns, presidents continue to walk a large portion of the mile trip from the Capitol to the White House.

There are few if any tickets left for bleacher seating along the parade route, but anyone can stand along the curb to view the procession.

Keep in mind that security will be very strict, so arrive very early, probably before the actual Swearing-in ceremony. While the crowds are expected to be half the size of the last Inaugural in 2005, the best viewing spots will be snapped up fast early in the morning.

President Obama viewing the 2009 Inaugural Parade Photo: U.S. Navy

Below is an alphabetical list of organizations and bands that will be in the Inaugural Parade, courtesy of the Presidential Inauguration Committee.

Look to see if your state is represented. Nearly every state is.

54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company B Silver Spring, Maryland

81st Regional Support Command Wildcats Fort Jackson, South Carolina

A Therapeutic Equine Assisted Self-Confidence Experience (ATEASE) Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Ambulance 255 Project North Franklin, Connecticut

Asheville High School Marching Band Asheville, North Carolina

Ballet Folklóico de la Raza Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ballou Senior High School “Majestic” Marching Knights Washington, District of Columbia

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 Hockessin, Delaware

Comparza Morelense Las Vegas, Nevada

Culver Academies Culver, Indiana

Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band Kingsport, Tennessee

Fergus Falls High School Marching Band Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Firefighters of Idaho Idaho

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 Charleston, South Carolina

Gym Dandies Children’s Circus Scarborough Maine Schools 
Scarborough, Maine

Isiserettes Drill & Drum Corps Des Moines, Iowa

Jackson Memorial High School Jaguar Band Jackson Memorial High School 
Jackson, New Jersey

Kamehameha Schools Warrior Marching Band Honolulu, Hawaii

Kansas University Trumpet Ensemble Lawrence, Kansas

Lesbian and Gay Band Association St. Louis, Missouri

Letcher County Central High School 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

Montana Delegation Montana

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Washington, District of Columbia

Native American Women Warriors Pueblo West, Colorado

Navajo Nation Band Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah

Northern State University Wolves’ Marching Band Aberdeen, South Dakota

Northwest Dragon and Lion Dance Association Portland, Oregon

Norwich University Regimental Band Northfield, Vermont

Palm Springs “Spirit of the Sands” Marching Band and Visual Corps Palm Spring High School 
Palm Springs, California

Palmview High School Mariachi and Folkloric Group La Joya, Texas

Pearl River Community College Marching Band Poplarville, Mississippi

Portsmouth High School Marching Band Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Punahou Band and JROTC Punahou School 
Honolulu, Hawaii

Sarpy County Nebraska Metro Law Enforcement Honor Guard Sarpy, Nebraska

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 Mighty Sound Marching Band College Park, Maryland

Utah Hispanic Dance Alliance Sandy, Utah

Utuqqagmiut Dancers Wainwright, Alaska

Virginia Military Institute Marching Unit Lexington, Virginia

Wind River Dancers Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming 


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