Inaugural Parade 2017

Celebrating the Presidential Inauguration in the Nation's Capital

Parade Celebrates Presidential Inauguration Of Donald Trump
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The Presidential Inauguration Parade is an American tradition honoring the newly sworn in President and Vice President and parading through the streets of Downtown Washington, D.C. The event is held every four years and includes a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens' groups, marching bands, and floats. The inauguration parade is open to the public and is televised so that millions of Americans can view this special event. See photos of all of the 2017 inaugural events.

The presidential inaugural parade is coordinated by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region.

Since 1789, the U.S. Armed Forces has provided support for official presidential inaugural ceremonies. The earliest inaugural parades served as military escorts for incoming Presidents to the swearing in ceremony and grew to include floats and thousands of participants. Representatives from all 50 states follow the President and Vice President from the Capitol down the 1.5 mile route on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Groups That Participated in the 2017 Inaugural Parade

More than 8,000 parade participants represented forty organizations including high school and university marching bands, equestrian corps, first responders, and veterans groups. 

Those selected to join the inaugural parade are listed below.

  • 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas
  • 1st Infantry Division Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard – Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill Team – Burlington, Kentucky
  • Caisson Platoon, Fort Myer – Fort Myer, Virginia
  • Cleveland Police Mounted Unit – Cleveland, Ohio
  • Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums – Palm Coast, Florida
  • Columbus North High School Band – Columbus, Indiana
  • Culver Academy Equestrian – Culver, Indiana
  • First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Fishburne Military School Army JROTC Caissons Battalion - Waynesboro, Virginia
  • Frankfort High School Band – Ridgeley, West Virginia
  • Franklin Regional High School Panther Marching Band – Murrysville, Pennsylvania
  • Indianapolis Metro Police Motorcycle Drill Team – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Lil Wranglers – College Station, Texas
  • Marist College Band – Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Merced County Sheriff’s Posse – Hilmar, California
  • Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team & Color Guard – Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team – New Buffalo, Michigan
  • Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums – East Meadow, New York
  • North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association – Hillsborough, North Carolina
  • NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums – East Moriches, New York
  • Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, Illinois
  • Palmetto Ridge High School Band – Naples, Florida
  • Russellville High School Band – Russellville, Arkansas
  • Talladega College Band – Talladega, Alabama
  • Texas State University Strutters – San Marcos, Texas
  • The Citadel Regimental Band & Pipes and Summerall Guards – Charleston, South Carolina
  • The Freedom Riders – Kersey, Colorado
  • Tupelo High School Band – Tupelo, Mississippi
  • University of Tennessee Marching Band – Knoxville, Tennessee
  • VMI Corps of Cadets – Lexington, Virginia
  • West Monroe High School Marching Band – West Monroe, Louisiana
  • American Veterans - National
  • Boy Scouts of America - National
  • US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations - National
  • Disabled American Veterans - National 
  • Paralyzed American Veterans - National
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors– National
  • US Border Patrol Pipes & Drums – National
  • Wounded Warrior Project - National
  • Kids Overseas - National
    For details on all of the day's events, See Presidential Inauguration 2017