Presidential Inauguration Festivities FAQ

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Who Coordinates the Inaugural Events?

The Presidential Inaugural Committee, whose members are chosen by the president-elect, coordinates the events that do not take place on the Capitol grounds, including the parade and balls. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies handles the public swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol and the luncheon for the president and vice president that follows. The Defense Department's Joint Task Force National Capital Region coordinates military marching bands, color guards, security and medical support.

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