Obama's inaugural parade includes 10,000 performers
Just as the million-strong crowd dissolved on
the National Mall after President Barack Obama's inaugural oath Tuesday, tens
of thousands of others remained along Pennsylvania Avenue in hopes of catching
a glimpse of the newly-minted leader in the parade, dpa reported.
Obama and First Lady Michelle, who wore a yellow sheath and matching coat that hung open despite subfreezing weather, boarded the new presidential limousine to lead the parade that carries them over the 2.5-kilometre-distance to their new home at the White House.
One of the first daughters - Malia, 10, or Sasha, 7, it wasn't clear which one - waved through the dark bullet-proof glass at the cheering, flag-waving 100,000-strong crowd, TV footage showed.
The Obamas were to dismount at the White House to a special parade stand to watch the show go by on the chilly, sunny day.
The parade performers include 10,000 people from music groups, school and university bands, cultural groups and special military units.
A prototype of NASA's new lunar rover, driven by astronauts in their space suits, was also to roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade.
The Obamas will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, behind the bullet-proof, heated enclosure at the White House to watch the parade.
Later in the evening, the Obamas and Bidens are expected to attend the 10 official balls, which include a special one for the military and another new ball, called the Neighbourhood Ball, for the local region.