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Biden’s Inaugural Parade Canceled, Replaced With Virtual Version

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There won’t be a lengthy debate this Jan. 21 over whether Democrat Joe Biden drew more people to the National Mall in Washington, D. C., for his inauguration than his predecessor.

The reason: Biden’s big party will be virtual.

Biden’s inaugural parade has been canceled to limit crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers announced the decision on Sunday, saying that a “virtual parade across America” will be held instead.

Usually, hundreds of thousands of people pack the Mall and line Pennsylvania Avenue for 16 blocks, all the way from the Capitol to the White House. The new president and vice president proceed in a motorcade along the broad boulevard, and often jump out of their limousines for a block or two to wave to those gathered.

But not this year. Gathering of groups of people are severely restricted in D. C. and after debate, Biden’s organizers decided to call the whole thing off. Instead, the inaugural committee is urging Americans not to travel to Washington for the event and is instead calling for smaller celebrations across the country.

“The parade will 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 inaugural committee said in a press release. The committee plans to announce participants in coming days.

The committee also said the “virtual parade” will feature “the iconic images of a new president, a new vice president and their families making their way to the White House” along with “musical acts, local bands, poets, dance troupes and more paying homage to America’s heroes on the front lines of the pandemic.”

“Following the swearing-in ceremony on the west front of the US Capitol, Biden and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, will join Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband in participating in a socially distanced Pass … (Read more)

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