Canadians to party in style at embassy during Obama inauguration
FILE - In 2009 a large crowd gathered on the U.S. National Mall looking from the Capitol toward the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial listening to the inaugural address of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Published Sunday, January 13, 2013 8:00AM EST
The inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama is shaping up to be another star-studded party, while Canadians in Washington, D.C., plan to mark the occasion in their own special way.
Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys, James Taylor and Brad Paisley are just some of the talent booked for the galas and concerts celebrating the Jan. 21 inauguration. Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and the cast of "Glee,” are also on the line-up.
Nick Cannon, rap group Far East Movement, R&B boy band Mindless Behavior, rapper and youth gospel choir Soul Children of Chicago will also perform at events.
A children’s concert will take place on Jan. 19 ahead of the event, but organizers would not specify who would be performing when.
Meanwhile, the Canadian embassy in Washington will celebrate with Tim Hortons coffee, BeaverTails pastries, Crown Royal drinks and poutine.
Located along the inaugural parade route, the six-storey embassy at 501 Pennsylvania Ave provides the perfect vantage point from which the excepted 1,000 guests can witness the festivities.
Even Foreign Minister John Baird will make an appearance at the embassy party and give a speech.
In addition, several RCMP are scheduled to attend the post-inaugural parade that will include 240 horses and dozens of marching bands. The Mounties plan to position themselves in a “V” shape on the embassy steps and salute the presidential convoy.
Organizers expect more than 35,000 people to attend the Inaugural Ball.
With files from The Associated Press
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