2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2013 1:04 PM by ssindc RSS

DC recommendations for Presidential inauguration?

NathalieF Community Manager Marriott Associate
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Politics aside, every Presidential inauguration is a big deal in Washington DC with all the pageantry and elegant balls. I'm not sure if any Insiders will be in town or attending any of the festivities, but what are your recommendations for accommodations, parade watching, navigating the road closures and even staying warm?

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  • Re: DC recommendations for Presidential inauguration?
    NathalieF Community Manager Marriott Associate
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    It's too late this year, but if you're in DC the weekend ahead of the inauguration, you can witness a practice run through of the parade.

    Inauguration 2013: D.C. holds practice parade, dress rehearsal for inauguration | WJLA.com

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  • Re: DC recommendations for Presidential inauguration?
    ssindc Platinum 42 Reviews
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    I'm sure someone has more advice on this, but - understanding this is only the tip of the iceberg, here's my "insider's advice:"

    • Pray for moderate weather and hope you get lucky!  It makes everything MUCH easier.
    • Watch on television - you'll be able to see and hear much better!
      • Having said that, every American should attend at least one inauguration - they can be incredibly moving experiences that make you proud to be a citizen of the globe's greatest democracy.
    • If you can stay downtown and walk, do it;
      • Although DC is typically the home of plentiful, reasonably priced taxis, do not expect easy access to a taxi - also, expect to pay premium fares (and don't argue - it's pointless - if your driver stops to pick up a second fare);
      • If you plan to take the METRO to the inauguration, leave early - no, not early in the normal sense - but really early - much earlier than you consider reasonable;
        • the morning of the inauguration, it's not unusual to find yourself waiting, indefinitely, just to get into a Metro Station (not a train), then making no progress as full trains take on no passengers when they arrive;
        • if you are claustrophobic, this is your worst nightmare - trapped underground, packed in with thousands of frustrated people, fighting to get onto tightly packed trains (if you've traveled in Tokyo, or other large cities in Asia, you understand), then being squeezed into a slow-moving train, where each stop raises anxiety as folks try to squeeze on, and the conductors struggle to get the doors closed... you get the idea;
    • Plan to be wherever you're going (whether the inauguration itself or the parade) hours in advance;
      • Dress warm - warmer than normal - plan like you're attending a Green Bay Packers football game with no hot chocolate or beer vendors;
      • Wear comfortable (athletic) shoes - dress shoes are a bad idea (and no one cares);
      • Bring a book;
      • Bring a snack (but remember you may end up passing through metal detectors, so you might lose your water bottle, you never know);
    • Skip the inaugural ball (unless you have a backstage, VIP pass);
      • it is an expensive and crowded and unpleasant event;
      • expect a very long night standing/waiting to merely glimpse the Pres/First Lady and the VP;
      • ladies - think long and hard before you wear high heels if you don't plan to bring walking shoes - then think about where you are going to leave your walking shoes (and see note on overcoats, below);
      • anticipate a potential transportation nightmares coming and going; and
      • if you do go, and it's at all possible to do it without an overcoat, leave your overcoat(s) at home.

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