Details released for upcoming Biden, Harris inauguration

WASHINGTON — As the calendar has changed to 2021, more details are being released concerning the upcoming presidential inauguration.

The ceremony will be held on Jan. 20, but it will be different compared to years past.

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The swearing-in ceremony will take place as usual on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.

Then, a “Pass in Review” will be held on the east front of the building where President-elect Joe Biden will be joined by his wife Jill Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Emhoff. The ceremony will show the readiness of the country’s military, The Associated Press reported.

Representatives of each branch of the military will escort the newly sworn-in President down 15th Street to the White House. The escort will last for a city block instead of the normal distance from the Capitol to the White House, which is usually done as part of a presidential motorcade passing by crowds of spectators, The New York Times reported.

Originally a reviewing stand had been installed in front of the executive mansion, but the structure was taken down, WJLA reported.

The parade that normally occurs is going to be held virtually 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 inauguration committee said, according to the AP.

The event will be televised, with the list of performers being released shortly. The performers will include musical acts, local bands, poets and dance groups.

The transition team has urged people to not travel to Washington because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Times reported.

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