"I am honored to invite these talented groups and individuals to participate in the Inaugural Parade," said Obama. "These organizations embody the best of our nation's history, diversity and commitment to service. Vice President-elect Biden and I are proud to have them join us in the parade." Organizations wishing to take part in the parade submitted an application to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, which then assisted the Presidential Inaugural Committee in reviewing all of the groups' applications.
All participants in the inaugural parade are responsible for paying for their own lodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C.