Inauguration 2013: District Of Columbia Government Launches Website For Swearing-In Ceremony

D.C. Launches Inauguration Website

WASHINGTON -- The new District of Columbia’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration website promises all kinds of useful information for the 500,000 to 800,000 people expected in the nation's capital for President Obama's second inauguration set for Jan. 21 -- that's less than half the number who attended the 2009 inauguration.

On the site: Tips for getting around, a map of the National Mall and a list of prohibited items (among them: real and simulated firearms, thermoses, pets and booze).

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Barack Obama (2009)

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Some sections of the D.C. government website are empty as of Thursday afternoon, like the page concerning city closures and the page about volunteering.

And look as we might, we couldn't find any information about avoiding 2009's Inauguration nightmare, the dreaded Purple Tunnel of Doom. WRC-TV/NBC4's Tom Sherwood, however, recently offered some thoughts on that topic:

We’re just hoping that there won’t be a repeat of the “Purple Tunnel of Doom.” That’s when hundreds of people with priority “purple” tickets got stuck walking in the 3rd Street tunnel under the Capitol grounds and couldn’t make their way to the seating. So never mind the “fiscal cliff” everyone is talking about. Just don’t accept any purple inaugural tickets. It might be worse.

How much worse? See for yourself:

Purple Tunnel Of Doom

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