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Monday's Main Event

Friday, January 17, 1997

Monday is the big enchilada, the reason for all the pomp, circumstance and hoopla: Inauguration Day. President Clinton takes his second oath of office, then gets to enjoy one of the best perks of being president: leading a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Here are the details:

President Clinton and his family leave the White House Monday at 10:30 a.m. and go to the West Front of the Capitol for the official swearing-in. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist will administer the 35-word oath of office at noon.

Brief musical performances will include the choir and orchestra of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, where Clinton is a member, and Children of the Gospel: The Next Generation, a Washington choir.

At approximately 2 p.m., after a post-ceremony luncheon at the Capitol with Congressional leaders, the President and Vice President drive back to the White House, followed soon after by the Inaugural Parade.

The Inaugural Parade starts around 2:30 at Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues NW, moving west on Pennsylvania to E Street, north on 15th Street, and west again on Pennsylvania Avenue past the presidential reviewing stand in front of the White House. Tickets for the bleacher seats have already been sold, but spectators are welcome along the parade route.

Pre-parade entertainment along the parade route takes place from 9:45 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 2:30, except when the presidential escort goes by. The roving entertainment is by the KanKouran West African Dancers and Drummers and the Kapitol Klowns, both from Washington, Baltimore magician Paul Belanger, Uncle Sam and Aunt Pam (stilt walkers from Winterville, N.C.) and Rope Warrior, a jump roper from Chicago.

Stationary acts include:

SIXTH AND PENNSYLVANIA NW The Lesbian and Gay Bands of America (San Francisco).


10TH AND PENNSYLVANIA NW Kamiak High School (Seattle).

12TH AND PENNSYLVANIA NW Darla's Dancers (McConnelsville, Ohio).

FREEDOM PLAZA, 14TH AND E NW Charlotte Amalie High School Band (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands).

15TH AND PENNSYLVANIA NW San Bernandino (Calif.) Westside Steppers.

15TH AND E NW Gibson County High School Marching Band (Dyer, Tenn).

15TH STREET BETWEEN G AND NEW YORK NW Danvers High School Band (Danvers, Mass).

IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE The Denison Hilltoppers (Columbus, Ohio).

JACKSON PLACE AT 16TH STREET NW The Night Owls of Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.).

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