An Inauguration survival guide for students

It’s about to get dog-eat-dog in the District, and surely not even ad-nauseum coverage of the crowds expected for Inauguration can prepare us for the actual travails of Inauguration week. Nonetheless, Vox is getting on the bandwagon that’s doing its darndest to prepare you for those brutal few days—during which the city might see its population skyrocket from 588,000 to 5 million.

  • Where to go. The Washington Post’s inauguration map details the Inaugural parade route as well as street closures and the portion of the Mall—where the ceremony will be broadcast on Megatrons—open to the public. With or without tickets for the actual ceremony, your best bet is to get there early, early, early: the Post times everything. D.C.-area churches and parks will be broadcasting the ceremony live, but few of those venues are near Georgetown, and anything in Virginia won’t be very accessible on January 20th.
  • Where to drink. 213 D.C. bars sucessfully registered to serve liquor until 4 a.m. from January 17 to 21. Several Georgetown bars, including Tombs, Booey’s, and The Guards are all set to pour. Others, such as Old Glory and Saloon, cannot serve for extended hours because they are subject to voluntary agreements—meaning that both CAG, those nemeses of fun, and the ANC had to sign off on extended hours. Which they didn’t. [Correction: final list]
  • How to get there. Walk. The University hasn’t officially announced it yet, but the buzz among R.A.s is that it will not be running GUTS buses on the 20th. We all know that Metro’s rail system can hardly handle a post-game rush of Georgetown students leaving the Verizon center. You could also chance Metro’s expanded bus services.
  • As for bikes, the Congressional Inaugural Committee’s report explains that “the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is working on a plan with city officials to have bike valet stations available outside the security perimeter near the swearing-in ceremonies and parade route.” The DCeiver aptly comments, “This will be a wholly unique way of having your bicycle stolen.”
  • Your cell phone. Earlier, we figured you’d be lucky to get a call out from the Mall, but some reports and again, R.A. chatter, suggest that the volume of carrier traffic will disrupt service all over the District, including Georgetown. The entire city may pay momentary homage to the landline, which can be found at all DPS stations around campus.
  • Did everybody use the bathroom before we left? WTOP estimates that Metro will have one bathroom for every 6,000 something rail users and reports that National Park Services are still determining how many portable restrooms to set up. Most musuems on the Mall are going to remain open on the 20th, however, which promises a record number of visitors to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
  • Bundle up. Don’t end up like this guy.
  • Guests in the dorm should have been registered by 10 a.m. today. We won’t tell anyone.

8 Comments on “An Inauguration survival guide for students

  1.  by  hunter

    the Post seems to have some pretty good coverage, including a list of prohibited items (a few of which may surprise you). Not allowed within the secured perimeter – backpacks, umbrellas, thermoses, or large sign and posters.

    Also I heard/read a rumor that metro will not be opening any of its bathrooms on the 20th (for security reasons).

    And sorry, the fabled Newseum has unfortunately sold out all its tickets for the 20th…

  2.  by  nathan

    ya the cell phone outage could be tricky.

    if you need to call dps or germs keep calling on your cell or try to find a landline.

    any clue on how early we have to get there for springsteen?

  3.  by  Molly Redden

    Looks Bruce and lots of other bands will be this Sunday at 2 at the Lincoln memorial, and also aired on HBO:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/inauguration-watch/2009/01/obamas_sunday_inauguration_con.html

    “Confirmed musical performers include: Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher Raymond IV, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, will.i.am, and Stevie Wonder.”

    I’ve never been to an open air concert in DC—I’d start hanging around at noon. what do other people think?

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