President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has canceled the traditional inaugural parade that should have stretched from the U.S. Capitol to the White House after his swearing-in on January 20 to curb the spread of the coronavirus, his inaugural committee said on Sunday.
“There are many grand traditions to the inaugural, and we plan to honor them by highlighting more of our nation’s people than ever before while keeping everyone safe,” Presidential inaugural Committee CEO Tony Allen said in a statement.
Rather than the lengthened parade, Biden will receive a shortened military escort to the White House.
Allen said the inaugural festivities will include a formal review of troops a “Virtual Parade Across America” that will feature marching bands, musical acts, poetry, dance troupes and essential workers.
The new commander-in-chief will conduct a socially distant “pass review” of troops from every branch of the military on the East front of the Capitol, and ceremonial units will escort him from 15th Street Northwest to White House, which intersects 16th Street where the White House is located.