The traditional Inauguration Day parade on Jan. 20 will be replaced by a virtual event due to concerns about the coronavirus, The Daily Wire reported.
On Sunday, President-elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Committee released a statement to CNN calling the planned in-person event off and detailing the virtual event that will take its place.
The “virtual parade”
“The [virtual] parade will celebrate America’s heroes, highlight Americans from all walks of life in different states and regions, and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era,” the press release reads.
The virtual parade will have “iconic images of a new president, a new vice president, and their families making their way to the White House.” There will also be “musical acts, local bands, poets, dance troupes and more paying homage to America’s heroes on the front lines of the pandemic.”
Participants in the parade have not yet been announced.
The swearing-in ceremony will include Biden, his wife Jill Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and her husband Doug Emhoff.
The traditional “Pass the Reviews” will also include military members on site.
“Pass in Reviews are a long-standing military tradition that reflects the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief, during which the President-elect, hosted by the Commander of Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, will review the readiness of military troops,” the committee said. “Every branch of the military will be represented in this event.”
The New York Times reported that Biden will then deliver an address, during which he will be “flanked by a pared-down gathering of government officials and dignitaries.”
Escort to the White House
After Biden addresses the nation, he will receive a presidential escort to the White House.
USA Today reported that “the escort will include representatives of every branch of the military, including the U.S. Army Band, a Joint Service Honor Guard, and the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard and Fife and Drum Corps from the 3rd U.S. Infantry ‘The Old Guard.'”
Members of Congress are expected to attend the scaled-down event, but the American people are being urged not to attend.