The crowds and police wait anxiously along the Inaugural Parade route for Barak Obama and Joe Biden to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue as part of the 2009 Inauguration celebrations in Washington, DC. The crowd went crazy when the Obamas passed, while the police breathed a sigh of relief that nothing happened on their watch.
Given the sheer number of people who participated in the 2009 Inguration (close to 2 million people), police and security were brought from all over the country to help with security checks and guard the streets.
The 2009 Inaugural Parade was delayed several hours because of the collapse of Ted Kennedy at lunch and the Obamas' walk down Pennsylvania Avenue. By the time the parade started late afternoon, many people had already left the crowds, but it was still a great celebration that brought people from all over the country together.
Read a personals accounts of marching in the 2009 Inaugural Parade with Peace Corps and navigating the crowds to get to the press box on Pennsylvania and 12th streets.
Taken by Daniel Noll on a break from our round-the-world journey.