Presidential Inauguration Festivities FAQ

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Who Picks Up the Tab for Official Inauguration Events? 

Supporters and private donors pay for the balls, the parade, giant TV screens on the National Mall for the swearing-in and portable toilets. Public money is used for security, such as Secret Service and Capitol Police services, and for items like bleacher and barricade construction.

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