There won’t be a lengthy debate this Jan. 21 over whether Democrat Joe Biden drew more people to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for his inauguration than his predecessor.
The reason: Biden’s big party will be virtual.
Biden’s inaugural parade has been canceled to limit crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers announced the decision on Sunday, saying that a “virtual parade across America” will be held instead.
Usually, hundreds of thousands of people pack the Mall and line Pennsylvania Avenue for 16 blocks, all the way from the Capitol to the White House. The new president and vice president proceed in a motorcade along the broad boulevard, and often jump out of their limousines for a block or two to wave to those gathered.
But not this year. Gathering of groups of people are severely restricted in D.C. and after debate, Biden’s organizers decided to call the whole thing off. Instead, the inaugural committee is urging Americans not to