Parade Participants Set Up Floats

7:45 PM, Jan 20, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON(WUSA)--With less than 24 hours before the inaugural parade, officials spent Sunday afternoon piecing together the remaining parts and positioning floats for Monday's ceremony.

The parade will feature eight official inaugural floats, and several dozen civilian groups that include marching bands, cultural organizations, and others.

Many military units will also be present..

Maxwell Frost and Phil's "Seguro Que Si" Latino band practiced atop their float Sunday afternoon, as family and people passing by stopped to listen.

Frost applied to participate online, hoping he and his father could get tickets to the inauguration. Now, his Orlando-based band will be a part of it.

"It would be cool if we could represent the Latino community," he said, noting the importance of the Latino vote during the 2012 election.

"I'm really excited. I hope I get to meet Obama! Probably not, but I hope I do," he laughed.

As others delivered floats and supplies, Earl Hargrove Jr. eyed several displays while he walked through the area Sunday. His family-owned company has built parade floats for the past 17 inaugural parades, starting with the Truman administration.

"He insisted that we get mules from Missouri to pull the float and we did," Hargrove said.

The home states of both the First Family and Vice President Joe Biden will also be on display, as part of eight official floats commissioned for the event.

The others include: the Martin Luther King Jr. float, the Civil Rights Movement float, the Tuskegee Airmen float, and the inaugural theme "Our People. Our Future."

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