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One of the most historically significant inaugurations in the United States will take place January 20 and those not lucky enough to make it to Washington have planned their own backyard celebrations. Los Angeles residents are no exception and there will be no shortage of gatherings here to choose from next Tuesday.
Stepping Over Boundaries is holding the West Coast Inauguration Celebration at the Hollywood Park Casino from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, where patrons will be able to watch the live from D.C. There will also be live entertainment and a full champagne brunch. For ticket and other information call (818) 445-3263.
KJLH's Adai Lamar is hosting an event in downtown's Tatou Supper Club, where the Washington events can be seen on over 30 monitors throughout the venue.
"We'll kick off the celebration with local R&B, Jazz, and Gospel musicians as well as spoken word artists," said an event spokesperson.
"To keep in the spirit of the celebration, there will be a champagne toast at the end of the viewing as well as give-a-ways and much more..."
Attendees will include invited city officials, celebrity guests, media and news outlets, influential bloggers, music and entertainment journalists, music managers, radio personalities and station officials, influential members of the community, as well as a diverse mixture of excited citizens, they said. Doors at the Tatou, 333 S. Boylston St., open at 5:00 pm. Call (310) 318-4967 for more information.
In Long Beach, celebrators can get on the Queen Mary where the Beach City Foundation is hosting what they say is a "multifaceted event." Their inaugural celebration and mixer is from 7:30 pm to midnight and includes a banquet dinner and a silent auction. All donations and ticket contributions are tax deductible. Visit www.beachcityfoundation.org for more information.
BET and TV One, two stations that air programming aimed mainly at African Americans are planning extensive coverage of the event on January 20. BET is preparing several reports to air during the coverage, including a look at Michelle Obama; on the people who helped elect the new president; on his international appeal; and on his security, according to news reports. TV One plans to follow the event for 21 consecutive hours, they said.
Demand for tickets to Washington had already exceeded supply just days after Obama's victory was announced in November, it was reported. Though free, inauguration tickets are limited in number-240,000-and distributed through members of Congress about a week before the event.
"I share the excitement and enthusiasm of my constituents, but I am concerned that even the few who obtain tickets will not be able to get through the crowds at the Mall," District Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said in a statement. "The only people sure to get a view of the parade and the swearing-in are the people who watch it on television in the comfort of their homes."
Officials said they expect the crowds to surpass the 1.2 million President Lyndon Johnson had at his swearing-in in 1965.