On Dec. 30, the Presidential Inaugural Committee for Donald Trump revealed the 2017 inauguration parade line-up that will take place on Jan. 20. The parade is one part of nine essential events that take place on Inauguration Day, but will Donald Trump be at the inaugural parade? While there is no way to tell for sure what Trump will do just yet, history indicates that the answer is probably yes.
According to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, it's long been tradition for the new President and Vice President to lead a parade back to the White House following the swearing-in ceremony and luncheon on Inauguration Day. The celebratory practice traces its roots all the way back to George Washington's inauguration, only back then, his parade took him through New York City to Federal Hall, instead of through Washington D.C. With that kind of historic company, it seems likely that Trump will want to take part in his parade, as well.
That being said, the line-up for the President-elect’s inauguration parade has been a difficult one to land. Numerous celebrities have refused to participate with the inauguration, many of the Radio City Rockettes protested their performance, and even high school marching bands in the Washington D.C. area reportedly refused to participate (which has been a tradition until now).
The parade will take place after Donald Trump swears into office in front of the U.S. Capitol. This is proceeding a traditional morning worship service (usually a private service that takes place at St. John’s Episcopal, but other former presidents have held prayer services in other locations), the processional of the President- and Vice President-elects, and then the oath of office for the new Vice President. After the President-elect takes his oath and gives an inaugural address, there will be a departing ceremony for the now former President and First Lady, a luncheon for the new President, and then finally the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Some news sources are saying that Trump's parade will be shorter than most (Dwight D. Eisenhower’s being the longest standing parade at four hours 32 minutes), and that Trump will be heading straight into the White House to do some work before going to his inaugural balls. He will only be hosting three, compared to the 10 President Obama hosted in 2009.
At any rate, here's what to expect from Trump's parade, according to a press release put out by the Presidential Inaugural Committee:
2017 Inauguration Parade Line-up
- 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas
- 1st Infantry Commanding General’s Mounted Color – Ft. Riley, Kansas
- Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill Team – Burlington, Kentucky
- Caisson Platoon, Fort Myer – Fort Myer, Virginia
- Cleveland Police Mounted Unit – Cleveland
- Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums – Palm Coast, Florida
- Columbus North High School Band – Columbus, Indiana
- Culver Academy Equestrian – Culver, Indiana
- First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry – Philadelphia
- Fishburne Military School Army JROTC Caissons Battalion – Fishburne, Virginia
- Frankfort High School Band – Ridgeley, West Virginia
- Franklin Regional High School Panther Marching Band – Murrysville, Pennsylvania
- Indianapolis Metro Police Motorcycle Drill Team – Indianapolis
- Kids Overseas – Richmond Hill, Georgia
- Lil Wranglers – College Station, Texas
- Marist College Band – Poughkeepsie, New York
- Merced County Sheriff’s Posse – Hilmar, California
- Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team & Color Guard – Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team – New Buffalo, Michigan
- Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums – East Meadow, New York
- North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association – Hillsborough, North Carolina
- NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums – East Moriches, New York
- Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, Illinois
- Palmetto Ridge High School Band – Naples, Florida
- Russellville High School Band – Russellville, Arkansas
- Talladega College Band – Talladega, Alabama
- Texas State University Strutters – San Marcos, Texas
- The Citadel Regimental Band & Pipes and Summerall Guards – Charleston, South Carolina
- The Freedom Riders – Kersey, Colorado
- Tragedy Assistance Marching Unit – Arlington, Virginia
- Tupelo High School Band – Tupelo, Mississippi
- University of Tennessee Marching Band – Knoxville, Tennessee
- VMI Corps of Cadets – Lexington, Virginia
- West Monroe High School Marching Band – West Monroe, Louisiana
- American Veterans – National
- Boy Scouts of America – National
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations – National
- Disabled American Veterans – National
- U.S. Border Patrol Pipes & Drums – National
- Wounded Warriors – National
One thing is for certain — Inauguration Day is going to be historic, no matter who shows up.