Inaugural parade tips

After leaving the Capitol grounds, crowds will line up along Pennsylvania Avenue for the inaugural parade. The tradition, started by the University’s namesake, draws millions to see the president and his right-hand man make the short journey to the White House surrounded by an array of floats and bands. Here are some tips on how to best enjoy the procession.

How to get there

To save time and avoid packed Metro cars, walk. Trains and buses could be running on a 30-minute delay.

What not to bring

Weapons of any kind are obviously banned, but so are backpacks and other large bags, umbrellas, thermoses, tripods, camera bags and signs or posters. The Metro will not allow bikes that day.

Where to watch

Spectators can line up along Pennsylvania Avenue starting at 7 a.m.

Some bleachers will be set up along the route, which in past years stretched from 3rd to 17th streets. From Foggy Bottom, your best bet is to walk toward the White House to nab a spot along Pennsylvania.

When to get there

If you want to grab seats, get to the bleachers before 7 a.m. You won’t be able to see the inaugural festivities before the parade, but you can’t have it all.

What to bring

Dress in layers and pack lightly. It will be cold, but you’ll warm up when packed in the crowd. Carry state-issued identification – like a driver’s license – in case security officers question you. Extra cell phone towers will be set up this year to strengthen reception.

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