Presidential Inauguration Festivities FAQ

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  • What Oath Does the President Recite?
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  • When Was the First Inauguration Parade?
  • How Many Inaugural Balls Are Held?
  • Who Picks Up the Tab for Official Inauguration Events?
  • Who Coordinates the Inaugural Events?
  • What's It All About?
  • Why Is Obama Having Two Swearing-In Ceremonies

When Was the First Inauguration Parade?

The tradition dates back to the inauguration of George Washington in 1789, but the first organized parade took place during James Madison's inauguration in 1809. African-Americans participated in the event for the first time in 1865 at Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration. Women were allowed to take part for the first time in 1917 at Woodrow Wilson's second inauguration.

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