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WPB Prepares for Inauguration Celebration

By Lindsay Cohen email

The chairs were unfolded and the tables were set. A jumbo tv screen illuminated it all before the sun was even on the horizon and the crowds could fill the empty benches.

This was the setup behind what is expected to be the largest inauguration celebration in Palm Beach County, kicking off at noon Tuesday on Clematis Street.

"The community is invited to come together in downtown West Palm Beach and share in this historic occasion as the nation inaugurates its 44th president," said Amaryvis Sierra, with the community events division of the mayor's office in the city of West Palm Beach.

The city was preparing for thousands to flood the downtown area and Centennial Square to watch president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration live on a jumbo television screen. Workers were out at 5 am setting up tables, unloading chairs, and putting up tents for vendors and the public.

The celebration is scheduled to stretch into the night with a special Clematis by Night celebration, running until 9:30 pm.


12 Noon: Live Swearing-In Viewing Party: Watch President Obama's swearing-in ceremony live on a jumbo LED screen downtown in Centennial Square for free or at various downtown businesses. For more information about deals and celebrations offered by downtown merchants, visit www.downtowncelebrations.com.

6:00 - 9:30 pm: Special Clematis by Night Inauguration Celebration: The City is moving its weekly Thursday night event, Clematis by Night, to Tuesday, January 20th.  Guests can enjoy live music, dancing, food and drinks, and a special presidential celebration. (There will not be a Clematis by Night event on Thursday, January 22nd.)

7:00 pm: A Salute to President Obama: 
Includes a flag raising ceremony, the West Palm Beach Fire and Police Honor Guards, a recitation of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, a video montage of West Palm Beach's African-American pioneers, a special message from Mayor Frankel, and a video replay of President Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

All day and evening: Free Commemorative posters: Guests to any of the viewing party locations or to the Clematis by Night Inauguration Celebration can pick up a free commemorative poster throughout the day while supplies last. The City of West Palm Beach created 10,000 Inauguration Celebration commemorative posters using the artwork of Dreyfoos School of the Arts digital media sophomore Brittany Bennett. The poster features a head-and-shoulders graphic image of President Barack Obama with a colorful tropical background and will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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