“Obama Color”: The National Mall Prepares for the Inauguration

It is almost the inauguration. I wanted to see DC prepare for this grand happening, so we went to the National Mall. It was all dressed up–Obama, Obama, Obama EVERYwhere.

Preparing for the inauguration, girl walks with passes

Almost inauguration, Obama Hats 2013

Obama 2013 hats and shirts

A bit of history

Obama souvenirs, Washington 20 January 2013

Inauguration 2013 t-shirts

Washington DC inauguration 2013

We first headed to the National Museum of the American Indian for the “Out of Many”: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance, and Story, a three-day celebration in honor of the presidential inauguration, co-presented with the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Asian Pacific American Program, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. After lunch at the always-excellent Mitisam Cafe, we were just in time to see Alma Boliviana perform a fiery Bolivian dance.

Female dancer from Alma Bolivaina at the National Museum of the American Indian

Men of Alma Boliviana, National Museum of the American Indian

Alma Boliviana, National Museum of the American Indian Alma Boliviana 2013, National Museum of the American Indian

This was followed by the powerful Japanese taiko drumming of Nen Daiko (I look forward to seeing them again at the Cherry Blossom Festival in March). The women of the group were especially impressive, leading the action on the very large and loud drums. I loved seeing the eyes of little girls in the audience light up watching them.

Nen Daiko drummers, National Museum of American Indian

Inauguration 2013, Nen Daiko drummers, National Museum of the American Indian

2013 inauguration, National Museum of the American Indian, Japanese drummers 2013 inauguration, National Museum of the American Indian, Japanese drummers

Nen Daiko drummers, 2013 inauguration, National Museum of the American Indian

Japanese drummer

National Museum of the American Indian, 2013 inauguration, drummers

As we were leaving the museum, the KanKouran West African Dance Company began brightening up the Atrium, drumming and dancing to chants “USA!” and “Barack Obama!”

KanKouran West African dance company at National Museum of the American Indian

Outside, the inaugural stage called out. This will be restricted territory during the inauguration–the tickets-only area. Today, wave after excited wave flowed through.

2013 inauguration being set up at the Capitol, Washington DC

Crowds looking at restricted area for the 2013 inauguration, US Capitol

US Capitol, 2013 inauguration

Man in Obama hat, US Capitol

US Capitol prepared for the 2013 inauguration

We walked down the blocked Pennsylvania Avenue, decorated for the inaugural parade. A festive mood reigned the street.

People wandering along Pennsylvania Avenue, prepared for the 2013 inauguration

Artists painting 2013 inauguration Pennsylvania Ave

The Canadian Embassy in Washington DC ready for the 2013 inauguration

Canadian Embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue, ready for the inauguration 2013

Newseum decorated for the 2013 inauguration

Selling inauguration 2013 things

Obama bag - Four More Years

2013 inauguration, Pennsylvania Avenue and the US Capitol

Our stroll concluded at the National Portrait Gallery. In honor of the 2013 inauguration, the Gallery is showing off two tapestries by Chuck Close, created to raise funds for the reelection campaign. The tapestries are on loan from private collectors through 3 March, and photography is allowed with these eight-foot tall Obamas. Hurry up! Unlike the Federal City Balls, the Portrait Gallery is always free.

President Obama tapestries by Chuck Close, National Gallery of Art

3 thoughts on ““Obama Color”: The National Mall Prepares for the Inauguration

  1. This is Nen Daiko. Thanks so much for posting the pictures and we’re glad you enjoyed the show. See you soon at the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

  2. Pingback: Travel Theme: Dance | Transplanted Tatar

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