Biden plans minimalist trip from Capitol to White House on inauguration day
Jan 08 2021
Last month, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) had said Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' inaugurations will be a low-key affair restricted for the public, urging people to participate in the historic event from home in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
The festivities will also include a formal review of troops and a made-for-television "Virtual Parade Across America" featuring musical acts, marching bands, poetry, dance troupes and essential workers, his inaugural committee said on Sunday.
Organizers for Joe Biden's inauguration announced Sunday (January 3) new details about the proposed plans for January 20 that will be less pomp and circumstance and more geared towards the current way many in the country now connect with one another.
While there will still be people in attendance with social distancing protocols in place, Rep. James Clyburn, co-chair of the Biden inaugural committee, told USA Today only about 2,000 people are expected to attend the event in person.
Follow below for more updates on the Biden transition. Normally, 200,000 tickets are distributed to members of Congress for their constituents. Accordingly, organizers also said they will hold a virtual parade nationwide to "celebrate America's heroes, highlight Americans from all walks of life in different states and regions, and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era".
The televised parade will feature "diverse, dynamic" performances in communities across the country, the inaugural committee promised.
While some concessions to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic would likely be unavoidable, the Biden team appears to have used this opportunity to signal the incoming president's deadly seriousness about the pandemic.
Participates will be chosen in the coming weeks to participate in the parade the committee said would continue to honor longstanding inaugural traditions while providing viewers with the image of the president, vice president and their families making their way to the White House for the first time.
The traditional military review is intended, in part, to commemorate the US' tradition of a peaceful transfer of power, but its announcement came on a day when that foundational aspect of American democracy was in some doubt. Instead, the Bidens will receive a presidential escort from 15th Street to the White House after his swearing-in on the West Front of the Capitol.