Public tickets available for inaugural parade

5,000 bleacher seats lining parade route to go on sale
January 9, 2009 1:42:42 PM PST
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday that 5,000 tickets for the 56th Inaugural Parade would go on sale to the public at 12 p.m. Chicago time for $25 each.According to the committee, tickets will allow spectators access to bleachers along the historic parade route from the Capitol to the White House. They will be available for sale at or by phone at 202-397-SEAT(7328), 410-547-SEAT(7328) or 703-573-SEAT(7328).

Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

"We are very pleased to make these tickets available to the public as part of our commitment to holding the most open and accessible Inauguration in history," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau. "The Inaugural Parade is a celebration of America, and we are working to make sure that as many citizens as possible can take part in this historic tradition."

Thousands of spectators will line the 1.7 mile parade route as the new president and vice president, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, are escorted from the Capitol to the White House by over 13,000 parade participants.

More than 90 music, cultural and community groups will join representatives from our Armed Forces in the historic parade, which concludes at the presidential reviewing stand, where the president and vice president will watch the processional with their families.

Tickets are limited to four per person for purchase. They are not required to view the parade, but the purchase of tickets will guarantee spectators a seated spot along the parade route.

Ticketholders must be in their seats no later than 1 p.m. Eastern on January 20.

Standing room will be available along Pennsylvania Avenue on a first come, first serve basis.

Earlier in January, the PIC announced that hundreds of free parade tickets were being made available to Washington, D.C. students and their families. Washington residents can visit for more information on how to obtain those tickets.

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