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Photos: Scenes from Joe Biden’s inauguration

It’s a new day in Washington, as Joe Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president and Kamala D. Harris shattered gender and racial barriers when she took the oath for the vice presidency at an inauguration like no other, amid a raging pandemic and in a city that has become a fortress of barriers and security checkpoints.

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Throughout the day, The Washington Post’s photographers are documenting the changing of power at the Capitol, the White House and around D.C.

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The West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20.

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Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush arrive at the U.S. Capitol.

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Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Former president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive at the U.S. Capitol.

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Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff; President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden; Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) arrive at the U.S. Capitol.

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Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) awaits the president-elect and vice president-elect at the U.S. Capitol.

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Harris, Emhoff, Biden and Jill Biden wave from the U.S. Capitol.

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Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post

Harris and Emhoff arrive at the U.S. Capitol.

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Melina Mara/The Washington Post/POOL

Harris bumps fists with Michelle Obama before she and Biden are sworn in.

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Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, arrive for the inauguration.

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Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during the inauguration.

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Harris takes the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Biden takes the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

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Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

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Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Biden takes the oath of office for president.

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Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Amanda Gorman recites her poem "The Hill We Climb" during the inauguration.

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Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Jill Biden and Michelle Obama hug while President Biden and Barack Obama share a moment after the inauguration.

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Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Former vice president Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, leave the Capitol.

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Melina Mara/The Washington Post/POOL

Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff watch Pence as he departs the Capitol.

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U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman after the inauguration.

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Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Flags adorn the Willard Hotel in Washington during Biden's inauguration.

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Matt McClain/The Washington Post

A photo of president Joe Biden is displayed on a Christmas tree in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington.

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President Joe Biden rides in the motorcade to Arlington National Cemetery.

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

After the ceremony, President Biden and Vice President Harris, joined by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, along with their spouses, paid homage to those who have died in military service by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Biden and Harris lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Biden then walked down Pennsylvania Avenue during a scaled-down inaugural parade toward the White House.

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D.C. police honor guards check their uniforms one last time before leading the parade for Biden along Pennsylvania Avenue.

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A member of the D.C. police honor guard prepares for the parade.

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Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post

Biden, the first lady and family members walk the parade route.

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

The Howard University band marches near the White House.

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John McDonnell/The Washington Post

The inaugural parade passes the White House.

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Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post

Harris and the second gentleman walk along the parade route.

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Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post

Biden shares a moment with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser along the parade route.

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Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Biden and the first lady walk to the White House.

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Biden and the first lady hug before entering the White House.

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Earlier this morning, President Donald Trump left the White House for the last time, heading for Florida.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House for the last time.

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Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

White House personnel watch as Trump departs the White House.

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Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

Trump waves as he boards Marine One to leave the White House.

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Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post

Trump departs the White House on Marine One.

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Marine One, carrying Trump, flies over the city near the U.S. Capitol.

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Matt McClain/The Washington Post

A man who asked to remain anonymous waves goodbye to Trump. "It's a blessing to see him gone," he said.

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Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post

Trump and Melania Trump wave as they board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews.

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Air Force One takes off from Joint Base Andrews.

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Will Newton for The Washington Post

Trump arrives at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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