Dancing in the streets
1 p.m. People are cheering in the streets, hugging, and there is a feeling of jubilation everywhere. The party atmosphere will no doubt only increase throughout the afternoon as the inaugural balls and parties approach.
It will take hours for the mall to clear out. Many people seem to be leaving, only because it’s too cold to stay outside for long and wait for next wave of festivities to begin, and the parade is only open to those with tickets or were screened in advance.
– I&M staff writer Josh Gray is attending Barack Obama’s inauguration and will share his thoughts and observations on the proceedings throughout the day.