First Wave of Organizations to Participate in Inaugural Parade Announced

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

WASHINGTON – The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) officially announced the first wave of organizations who have accepted invitations to march in the 57th Inaugural Parade.

A list of the organizations that have already accepted an invitation to march in the historic parade following the President Obama and Vice President Biden’s swearing-in can be found HERE. Invitations are being made and accepted as part of an ongoing process, so please check back for rolling additions to this list.

“The talented groups chosen to participate in the Inaugural Parade reflect the spirit, values, and diversity of our great nation,” said President Obama. “Vice President Biden and I are honored to have them join us in the parade.”

Organizations wishing to participate in the parade submitted online applications to the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region (JTF-NCR). The deadline for submissions was November 30, 2012.

Applications were reviewed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee with the assistance of the JTF-NCR, including members of several of the military bands, who used their expertise to help assess the presentation skill of marching bands, musical acts and drill teams.

All told, more than 2,800 applications were submitted to the JTF-NCR website – more than double the over 1,380 organizations that applied to take part in President Obama’s first inauguration.

All participants in the Inaugural Parade are responsible for paying their own lodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C. The PIC has been working closely with area governments and civic organizations to facilitate access to affordable accommodations.

*This is a press release sent from the PIC.