Traditional festivities shelved

Written by on January 4, 2021


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WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden received’t get a standard inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue after he takes the oath of workplace, however he’ll get a presidential escort to the White Home.

Biden and incoming first girl Jill Biden will forgo the standard inaugural parade on Jan. 20, the Presidential Inaugural Committee introduced Sunday.

As an alternative, the Bidens will obtain a presidential escort from 15th Road to the White Home after his swearing-in on the West Entrance of the Capitol. The escort will embrace representatives of each department of the navy, together with the U.S. Military Band, a Joint Service Honor Guard, and the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard and Fife and Drum Corps from the third U.S. Infantry “The Previous Guard.”

Planners have been in search of methods to proceed many inaugural traditions whereas defending the well being and security of Individuals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Changing the standard inaugural parade with a presidential escort will enable Individuals and the world to see the brand new first household arriving on the White Home with out attracting the big crowds that often collect alongside Pennsylvania Avenue for the inaugural parade, the committee stated.

“That is an thrilling alternative to work with Individuals throughout the nation to showcase President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect (Kamala) Harris’ steadfast dedication to a various, inclusive and unified nation,” stated Tony Allen, the inaugural committee’s chief govt officer. “There are various grand traditions to the inaugural, and we plan to honor them by highlighting extra of our nation’s individuals than ever earlier than whereas protecting everybody secure.”

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The inaugural parade isn’t going away utterly.

A “digital parade” will probably be televised and can characteristic performances in communities throughout the nation. The parade will have a good time America’s heroes, spotlight Individuals from all walks of life in numerous states and areas, and replicate the nation’s range, heritage and resilience, inaugural planners stated.

Members for the digital parade will probably be introduced within the coming weeks, however the inaugural committee stated the programming will embrace musical acts, native bands, poets, dance troupes and others paying homage to America’s heroes on the entrance traces of the pandemic.

“This progressive programming will maintain individuals secure and use new methods to usher in Individuals throughout the nation – from rural cities and concrete cities to youthful and older Individuals to all people and in all places in between,” stated Maju Varghese, the committee’s govt director.

Members will apply social distancing, and vigorous well being and security protocols will probably be in place, the inaugural committee stated.

The 59th Inaugural Ceremonies will probably be smaller than in earlier years due to the well being dangers posed by COVID-19. Biden and Harris will nonetheless take the oath of workplace on the Capitol’s West Entrance, and Biden will ship an inaugural tackle that lays out his imaginative and prescient for beating the virus, rebuilding and bringing the nation collectively.

Inaugural planners are urging Individuals to not journey to Washington for the festivities however to take part within the celebration nearly.

Tickets for the ceremony will probably be restricted. Previously, members of Congress have obtained about 200,000 tickets to distribute to their constituents. This 12 months, they are going to be restricted to tickets for themselves and one visitor.

Rep. James Clyburn, co-chair of the Biden inaugural committee, stated he expects a few thousand individuals to attend. The platform for the swearing-in ceremony is already arrange.

“We’re going to guarantee that individuals take part in a manner that may make them part of the occasion, however maintain them secure and wholesome and comfy,’’ he stated, noting the often “icy chilly’’ climate.

“We’re going to do it in such a manner that you’ll be part of it, however you may keep heat at residence in your pajamas and luxuriate in it,” he stated.

After the swearing-in, Biden, Harris and their spouses will take part in a Move in Overview ceremony on the Capitol’s East Entrance with members of the navy.

Move in Critiques are a long-standing navy custom that displays the peaceable switch of energy to a brand new commander-in-chief. The brand new president, hosted by the commander of Joint Process Drive-Nationwide Capital Area, will evaluate the readiness of navy troops.

Clyburn, who was the visitor Sunday at Richard Prince’s Journal-isms Roundtable, stated he doesn’t count on President Donald Trump to indicate up on the inauguration.

“That may come as a shock to me if he have been to attend,’’ he stated. “It will be a pleasing shock – if he didn’t.’’

Michael Collins covers the White Home. Attain him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.

Contributing: Deborah Berry

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