The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced Tuesday that it launched its website and social media accounts 30 days ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration of Donald Trump.
The website, 58pic2017.org, lists the information of all the events that the PIC helps coordinate, which will be updated as more events are planned. The site also provides information on how the public can obtain tickets to the events, and contains short biographies of Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
“We are hard at work producing the most engaging and innovative inauguration yet, and our growing digital presence will provide every American with a front row seat to this exciting and unifying day,” Boris Epshteyn, the PIC’s director of communications, wrote in a news release.
The PIC, a private organization, is one of three entities spearheading inauguration festivities and celebrations. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies plans the actual swearing-in ceremonies of Trump and Pence. The Joint Task Force National Capital Region is responsible for coordinating all military support for the inauguration and many of the logistics for the parade. And the PIC is in charge of planning and funding all of the events surrounding the swearing-in ceremony.
Officials with the inaugural committee have already announced that Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old former “America’s Got Talent” contestant, is set to perform the national anthem. The committee is planning a welcome rally, two official inaugural balls and a ball for military families, veterans and first responders. The theme of the inauguration, according to the committee, will be “Make America great again!”
Federal and city officials say they expect upwards of 800,000 people to attend inauguration and the parade. More than 13,000 members of the military and National Guard are expected to be in downtown Washington on inauguration, providing security and participating in the parade and ceremonies. District of Columbia police, the Secret Service and U.S. Capitol Police will also be working.
There is a larger number of demonstrators than usual this inauguration, with more than 15 groups applying for “First Amendment” permits through the National Park Service, according to the federal agency that manages the country’s parks.
The Women’s March on Washington, which is scheduled for the day after the inauguration, is expected to be the biggest of the demonstrations.
The PIC also officially launched their Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram accounts, which they will use to announce news and events with the public and provide historical facts about inauguration.
(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Perry Stein