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Tickets for Inaugural Parade On Sale Today

If you’re planning to be in Washington Jan. 20 to take part in President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration celebration, you might have a hard time getting close enough to see the swearing-in ceremony. But now you may be able to score a choice seat to watch the inaugural parade that follows.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced this morning that 5,000 bleacher seats along the parade route will go on sale today at 1 p.m. EST, at $25 a pop. However, you’d better be on the ball if you want tickets, because they will surely sell out quickly.

Here’s the full press release, with all the info:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 9, 2009

Public Tickets Available for Inaugural Parade

Washington, D.C. — The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today that 5,000 tickets for the 56th Inaugural Parade will go on sale to the publicat** 1:00 PM EST** for $25 each. Tickets will allow spectators access to bleachers along the historic parade route from the Capitol to the White House. Tickets will be available for sale at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 202-397-SEAT(7328), 410-547-SEAT(7328) or 703-573-SEAT(7328). Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

“We are very pleased to make these tickets available to the public as part of our commitment to holding the most open and accessible Inauguration in history,” said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau. “The Inaugural Parade is a celebration of America, and we are working to make sure that as many citizens as possible can take part in this historic tradition.”

Thousands of spectators will line the 1.7 mile parade route as the new President and Vice President are escorted from the Capitol to the White House by over 13,000 parade participants. Over 90 music, cultural and community groups will join representatives from our Armed Forces in the historic parade, which concludes at the presidential reviewing stand, where the President and Vice President will watch the processional with their families.

Tickets are limited to four per person for purchase. Tickets are not required to view the parade, but the purchase of tickets will guarantee spectators a seated spot along the parade route. Ticket holders must be in their seats no later than 1:00 PM EST on January 20th. Standing room will be available along Pennsylvania Avenue on a first come, first serve basis.

Earlier this month the PIC announced that hundreds of free parade tickets were being made available to Washington, DC students and their families. DC residents can visit www.pic2009.org/page/s/dcstudentessay for more information on how to obtain those tickets.

For the latest information on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, please visit www.pic2009.org.

Update

Update: The Washington Post reports the tickets sold out within minutes.

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