The Inaugural Parade will take place on January 20, 2017, in the afternoon along 15 blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House in Washington, DC. After dining with Congress, the president and vice president make their way along the route, ending at the presidential viewing stand. From there, they, the first families and guests watch the parade pass by.
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) are charged with organizing the parade and have confirmed this year’s event will be considerably shorter than in years’ past. Secret Service has released a map for the parade route, and several pedestrian routes for walking to the areas. There are a dozen specific entry points to the parade route, including three along Constitution Avenue, and four along E Street NW (see the map for details).
Driving around the District will prove challenging during the week of inaugural events. A significant number of road closures and parking restrictions cut off main traffic arteries through D.C. Some of the closures begin two days before the Inauguration itself and extend past Inauguration Day.
Inauguration planners have established a “red zone” perimeter blocking off traffic in a large swath of downtown D.C. around the National Mall, the Capitol and the White House. In addition, a “green zone” restricts traffic only to people who live and work in those areas. See the Vehicle Restrictions Map provided by Secret Service for more information.
The participant lineup for the parade includes over 8000 participants representing forty organizations including high school and university marching bands, equestrian corps, first responders, and veterans’ groups. Moreover, each branch of the United States military will also be represented.
A few of the participant highlights include:
Boy Scouts of America
Disabled American Veterans
Wounded Warrior Project
1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas
Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums – Palm Coast, Florida
Franklin Regional High School Panther Marching Band – Murrysville, Pennsylvania
Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team – New Buffalo, Michigan
Talladega College Band – Talladega, Alabama
The Freedom Riders – Kersey, Colorado