January 9th, 2009
11:06 AM ET
12 years ago

Inaugural parade tickets to go on sale

The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced Friday that five thousand tickets for the bleachers along the inauguration parade route will go on sale Friday at 1 p.m. ET on Ticketmaster.

The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced Friday that five thousand tickets for the bleachers along the inauguration parade route will go on sale Friday at 1 p.m. ET on Ticketmaster.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Presidential Inaugural Committee is releasing tickets Friday for bleacher seats along President-elect Obama's inaugural parade route, but they likely won't last long.

After all, some estimates of the crowd gathering around the National Mall are as high as 3 million people and the committee is only releasing 5,000 tickets.

Still, those parade-goers who feel especially lucky can log on to Ticketmaster.com at 1 p.m. ET to try to score the coveted tickets. They cost $25 each and individuals can purchase a maximum of 4.

"We are very pleased to make these tickets available to the public as part of our commitment to holding the most open and accessible inauguration in history," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau. "The Inaugural Parade is a celebration of America, and we are working to make sure that as many citizens as possible can take part in this historic tradition."

Of course, those who don't get tickets can still line up along the parade route - they just won't have a place to sit.


Filed under: Inauguration
soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Sally

    5,000 tickest for an event expected to attract 3 million people? Frankly, why even bother???

    January 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Janey

    Too bad Oprah is not paying for this outrage extravaganza instead of the American people. I am sure his benefactor will have a front and center seat.

    January 9, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. kittyd

    It's so sad to see that so many of my fellow Americans are so down. Too bad Obama is inheriting such a foul group of loosers. His campaign was based on "hope" and "change". Let's remember to keep it (hope) and go for it (change). I know those of us who voted for him will, even though we too may be without jobs and loosing homes.

    Reality, yes, keep that too. But, to give up and become bitter is the last thing you want to do.

    January 9, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. angie

    This is history !!! What a great feeling to be part of it..

    January 9, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Tim

    It makes good dart board targets

    January 9, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Ryan in VA

    AT least this was an opportinity for average people to get tickets...becuase I could probably swear that only those that are well connected with congress memeber recieved tickets to the inauguration .

    January 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Sue

    "Of course, those who don't get tickets can still line up along the parade route — they just won't have a place to sit."

    Those who don't have tickets also won't, along with those who do have tickets, have a place to relieve themselves or find something to eat. Get this image in your mind: people all along the parade route eating chickens and throwing the buckets into the street.....

    January 9, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  8. Pamela

    I would like to say that I was on the ticketmaster website at 100pm exactly and once I logged in, it automatically said, no tickets available. Where did the tickets go? Who got them?
    Additionally, for the haters out there, find Jesus. President elect Obama did not create this mess we find ourselves in. What different does it make where a job comes from, whether Government or Private, for those without jobs, a job is a job. Some of you need to grow up and take a good look in the mirror to figure out what your purpose in this life is. Is it to continuously judge one by his/her skin color, to be hateful and nasty or is it time to take the high road and contribute something to this life. Focus on leaving your own legacy and figure out how you can serve and make things better. Get out of the GUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 9, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. IndyVoter

    Lauren: I think they did sell out in seconds. I've been on Ticketmaster trying to get them since 1:00 on the dot, but to no avail.

    January 9, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. adam

    Keep on with the division folks, its gotten us SO FAR in the past , lets just keep hating the differences in each other, its worked SO FAR in the past, lets continue to be IGNORANT, its gotten us to where we are TODAY. Wait a minute,we are not doing to well as a nation, we all look for reasons to hate, many jobs are in danger, the country is leaderless as we speak. Americans have been so badly misrepresented by our elected officials, we should be very receptive to ANYONE coming in to make an attempt to make the elected officials work for the people and not work to fill their pockets.

    January 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Monica

    I waited all morning until 1PM. I was on the ticketmaster website at 1PM and repeatly got a page that said that there were no tickets available. I got my hopes up for nothing.

    January 9, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Marilyn

    You could not PAY me to be in D.C. on Jan. 20th!!

    January 9, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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