Presidential Inauguration Festivities FAQ

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  • Who Will Administer the Oath?
  • 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
  • What Oath Does the President Recite?

How Many Inaugural Balls Are Held?

It varies from president to president. Obama had 10 official balls in 2009 but will hold just two this year in acknowledgement of the still struggling economy. One will be the invitation-only Commander In Chief's Ball, started by former President George W. Bush, which honors military personnel. The second ball is open to the public, but it has already sold out.

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