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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Here is the latest ticket information for the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration and other events:

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Swearing-In Ceremony: About 240,000 tickets have been printed, and they are being kept under lock and key. Tickets are free and will be distributed by members of Congress and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, once it is established. Tickets will not be available for distribution until about a week before the ceremony.

No Web site or ticket outlet has obtained inaugural swearing-in tickets to sell, officials said.

The main viewing area, for ticket holders, will be on the Mall between the West Front of the Capitol and Fourth Street NW. Huge television screens will probably be used to transmit the ceremony in that area. People typically can attend the inauguration without tickets, but they would be farther away. More giant TV screens could be added for them, but those arrangements are still being planned.

Inaugural Parade: The inaugural parade along Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues, which usually features about 12,000 marchers, has in the past required tickets for bleacher seats, though standing room is free. Parade details are also still being worked out.

Other Events: Tickets to inaugural balls are sold by state societies, organizations that promote states and plan the big galas. States sometimes hold those balls jointly.

Ticket prices vary but are often discounted and sometimes pre-sold to society members. Tickets can generally be purchased through the societies' Web sites. The Presidential Inaugural Committee will designate official balls that the president typically attends.


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