[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/22/art.crowd.gi.jpg caption="1.8 million were on hand to witness Obama's Inauguration."](CNN) –A record crowd lined the National Mall and parade route on Inauguration Day, Washington officials said Thursday.
About 1.8 million came to the city for the day’s inaugural events, according Leslie Kershaw, a spokeswoman for Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. That estimate — 50 percent higher than the previous record - came from local and federal agencies in the Joint Operations Command Center, which was responsible for managing the crowd.
The National Park Service, which was banned by Congress from releasing crowd estimates after controversy over its count of participants in the Million Man March in 1995, said it would not challenge the 1.8 million figure, according to the Washington Post.
The figure far surpasses the 400,000 former President George Bush drew in 2005 and 800,000 former President Bill Clinton drew in 1993.