A look at 2009’s inaugural parade as it marched down Pennsylvania Avenue. (Carol Guzy/The Washington Post)

With the holidays behind us, inauguration planning is ramping up, and word is finally out about the two official inauguration soirees that will be hosted by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

If you needed more evidence that this year’s celebrations will be far more scaled-down, the two balls represent a far smaller number of bashes than we saw in 2009, when there were upwards of 10 official balls, with regional balls, a youth ball and a Neighborhood Ball.

This time around, the public will be have a chance to get tickets to just one.

After Christmas, the committee announced that members of the public can now throw their names in the virtual hat for the opportunity to purchase public tickets to the Inaugural Ball set for Jan. 21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The committee has not determined how many tickets will be available, but you can request them at the Pic.org site. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an e-mail when tickets become available with a link to purchase. The tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis at $60 apiece, with a two-ticket maximum.

The committee has also announced which of the more than 2,800 applicants who had hoped to march in the inaugural parade on Jan. 21 have made the cut so far. Among those on the list: University of Maryland Marching Band and the unicycle-riding kids of Maine’s Gym Dandies Children’s Circus.

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