Monday, January 19, 2009

Inauguration Celebration

Being that tomorrow is such a historic day, I thought it would be good to post the schedule and some ideas for an inaugural celebration.

Martha Stewart has place cards that have the design of Lincoln's china and Inauguration labels to put on bottles of wine for use at your own dinner:

Here's the menu, with the recipes, of what Obama will be having at the inaugural lunch (in honor of Lincoln). It could be veganized. You can serve a vegan soup instead of the seafood stew, tofurky instead of the horrifying meat dish they are serving, sweet potatoes (easily veganized) and a fruit cobbler instead of the apple sponge cake. posted a great fruit cobbler recipe by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Here's a detailed list of what happens Tuesday (times are Eastern)

Swearing-in Ceremony

11:30 a.m. - West front of the U.S. CapitolThe President-elect and Vice President-elect and their families will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. No tickets are required to view the Inaugural Ceremony on the National Mall west of 4th Street. If you’re planning on attending, you can find more information here to help plan your trip.
Festivities will include:
• Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus• Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein• Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren• Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin• Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens• Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet) • President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln’s Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr. • Inaugural Address• Poem: Elizabeth Alexander• Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery• The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters"
After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony.
Inaugural Luncheon
Following the swearing-in ceremony, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and members of their families will attend an inaugural luncheon hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Inaugural Parade

The 56th Inaugural Parade will make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate. Find out more information about the parade. While there is no official start time for the parade, it traditionally begins around 2:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Ball

7:00 p.m. - Walter E. Washington Convention CenterPresident-elect Barack Obama will host the first-ever Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, the premier event of the night, with musical performances by: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill ,Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Stevie Wonder and Nick Cannon (as DJ ). To help bring this unique event to neighborhoods across the nation, ABC will air the event live from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET.

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