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When Hawaii-born President Barack Obama celebrates his second inauguration in Washington D.C. next month, two Oahu high schools will also take part in the festivities. The marching band and color guard from Kamehameha and Punahou have been officially invited to participate in the 57th inaugural parade on Jan. 21, 2013.
Punahou – Obama’s alma mater – marched in his first inaugural parade in 2009. And although this is Kamehameha’s first invite by the Obama administration, the school’s not a stranger to the parade. They marched down Pennsylvania Avenue between the U.S. Capitol and the White House when former President Bill Clinton was inaugurated in 1993.
Invitations to march in the parade have been a tradition since George Washington was inaugurated in 1789. Media reports say that more than 2,800 online applications were submitted to the task force that’s organizing Obama’s second inaugural parade. This is more than double the nearly 1,400 organizations that applied for Obama’s first inauguration, according to news reports.
There will be a few days of inaugural events in D.C., including concerts, a national day of community service, the swearing-in ceremony, luncheon and parade and inaugural balls. The Hawaii high school marching bands will be among dozens others from throughout the nation who have been invited. During the last inaugural parade, Obama and the First Lady walked part of the parade but for the most part, had to ride in an armored limo for security purposes.
Hawaii – along with most everyone else throughout the world – will be able to watch the events online and on TV. Some schools and work places also tune in because the events usually happen on a weekday. There will also likely be inaugural events happening in Hawaii, like last time, where it’ll be just as festive as D.C. – minus the cold weather.