Tuesday, January 20, 2009
President Barack Obama leads off an inaugural parade down America's main street that pays homage to pioneers who paved the way for the nation's first black president.
Re-enactors from a black Civil War regiment, World War II's surviving Tuskegee Airmen and Freedom Riders who battled for civil rights are assembled to follow Obama's limousine down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.
More than 13,000 people from all 50 states will travel a 1.5-mile parade route jammed with joyous onlookers since dawn. Among the marching bands and military units are acrobats and even a drill team pushing whimsically decorated lawn mowers.