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January 21, 2013 9:41 AM Inaugural Schedule

By Ed Kilgore

Here, from AP, is a detailed schedule of today’s Inaugural events:

11:30 a.m. EST: Ceremonial swearing-in, Capitol Hill

The order of the program:

Musical selections: The U.S. Marine Band
Musical selections: P.S. 22, Staten Island in N.Y., and Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tenn.
Call to order and welcoming remarks: Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Invocation: Myrlie Evers-Williams
Musical selection: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Oath of office administered to Vice President Biden: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Musical selection: James Taylor
Oath of office administered to President Obama: Chief Justice John Roberts
Inaugural address: President Obama
Musical selection: Kelly Clarkson
Poem: Richard Blanco
Benediction: the Rev. Luis Leon of St. John’s Church, Washington
The National Anthem: Beyoncé
2:35 p.m. EST: Inaugural Parade
Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue
The Obamas and Bidens participate in a parade featuring floats and vehicles representing about 60 groups.
6 p.m. EST: The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball
Washington Convention Center
The gala honors service members and their families.
6:30 p.m. EST: The Inaugural Ball
Washington Convention Center, Halls A, B and C

Tomorrow the official events wrap up with the National Prayer Service at Washington National Cathedral at 10:30 AM EST.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • zandru on January 21, 2013 1:15 PM:

    Re: that "Marine band"

    Any word on whether the Marines in the band were actually playing music, or just holding their horns up to their lips as an MP3 boomed out over the loudspeakers?

  • Hannah on January 21, 2013 6:58 PM:

    zandru: of course they were actually playing. I got the chance to hear the President's Own Marine Band in concert a couple of years ago. I can't stress enough how excellent they are (I'm a musician myself), absolutely one of the best bands in the world. The afternoon of the full band concert, a woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn) made up of members of the Band gave an informal concert to whomever wanted to attend and we got to ask questions as well. Most of us were musicians; we were curious about the low temps at the 2009 inauguration and how that affected them. It did, yes they did actually play. They have "old" instruments to play in extreme weather, especially the ones made of wood that are susceptible to cracking. It's also difficult to play as low temperatures affects pitch, lips stick to mouthpieces, fingers are stiff from cold. And so on.