Joe Biden’s campaign announced Sunday they were formally canceling plans of having an inauguration party on January 20th.
Around Washington, D.C., workers have been seen in recent days dismantling an inaugural parade reviewing stand in front of the White House
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But it’s not because of President Donald Trump and his allies’ upcoming fight over the Electoral College vote in Congress on Wednesday.
Instead, the traditional in-person parade inauguration parade will be replaced by a “virtual parade across America” consistent with crowd limits during the coronavirus era, organizers announced.
Should Trump’s longshot Jan. 6th bid to overturn the current Electoral College vote fail, Biden will be sworn in on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.
Biden and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, will join Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband in participating in a socially distanced Pass in Review on the Capitol’s opposite front side.
Those are military traditions where Biden will review the readiness of military troops.
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Biden will also receive a traditional presidential escort with representatives from every branch of the military from 15th Street in Washington to the White House.
That, the Presidential Inaugural Committee says, will be socially distanced too, while “providing the American people and world with historic images of the President-elect proceeding to the White House without attracting large crowds.”
Organizers also said they will hold a virtual parade nationwide to “celebrate America’s heroes, highlight Americans from all walks of life in different states and regions, and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era.”
The parade event will be televised and feature “diverse, dynamic” performances in communities across the country, the inaugural committee promised. Participants will be announced in coming weeks.
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“We are excited about the possibilities and opportunities this moment presents to allow all Americans to participate in our country’s sacred inaugural traditions,” said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Maju Varghese said in a statement.
The Associated Press contributed to this article