If you are going to the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, there are some things you need to know. This dual purpose information saves you some headaches and might give you one wondering why you are going.
HBO (Home Box Office) is covering the event with some exclusive coverage that no one else will have. They will unscramble themselves and broadcast everything for free to cable and satellite. Starting on the 18th, they will show the star studded opening ceremony. It may be more comfortable to watch from your living room and you probably won't be filmed or watched by the Secret Service. Or maybe some of you will be. That is beyond the scope of this post.
There will be a 50 block radius of closures around the Inauguration site in Washington D.C. This means you should bring your walking shoes. You can't just take a taxi from your $900 a night hotel to get there.
All bridges into Washington D.C. will be closed. You'll need to be on the correct side of the bridge for wherever you want to be before they close down.
Security will be tight. Don't bring anything you don't need. Don't even bring your keys if you can avoid doing so. A heavy set of keys could be a projectile weapon.
Bring your own water in plastic. No glass. Keep it to water however. Don't bring anything that could look like a liquid explosive. No alcohol. No kegs. It's best to be depressed elsewhere. Street vendors are a security risk so you shouldn't expect them every few feet like at a sporting event. There is a limited number of them set up near the parade, via a vendor lottery system. No word on if you need to win a lottery to be able to buy something from one of them.
Bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer. There will be portable toilets but we know how those can be when you add a million people to them.
You can bring your kids but they have to walk or you have to carry them. No strollers are allowed in the area. No baby carriages, umbrellas, backpacks or tents. Yes, if you were going to camp around the memorials in Washington D.C. in January, please pick another week. I am unsure if you have to carry relatives in wheelchairs as well. There will be no baby changing stations. In short, anyone who wears diapers may want to stay home. Although you won't want to leave your space to move through a tight crowd to find a smell portable toilet without toilet paper. In short, wear a diaper.
Perhaps they should move the inauguration to Key West. They can mandate swimsuits and margaritas for all. Everyone will remember it as the best inaugural ever.