Typically, a presidential inauguration celebration is a high-profile, media-heavy event that many watch for many different reasons. That would have been especially true this year, given the craziness surrounding the 2020 election.
However, according to Breitbart, the upcoming inauguration celebration for incoming President-elect Joe Biden will appear much different than any other inauguration in modern American history, as it was revealed that Biden’s transition team has decided that the nation must say “goodbye” to the traditional parade that takes place on that special day.
The news broke after a U.S. Army email leaked to the press which very clearly indicated that major portions of the parade were canceled, including planned military marches from various components of the U.S. Army.
“The Active, National Guard, Reserve, and Academy marching requirements have been deleted and are no longer needed,” the email read. “The Inaugural Parade has been canceled.”
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given how many public events have been severely altered, scaled-down or canceled as a result of COVID-19 safety protocols. In December, Biden’s transition team made clear that the ceremony would be one that “honors and resembles sacred American traditions while keeping Americans safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
Not only that, but the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) urged Biden’s supporters to “refrain from any travel and participate in the inaugural activities from home,” while saying that the inauguration ceremonies will be “reimagined.”
“Our goal is to create an inauguration that keeps people safe, honors the grand traditions of the Presidency, and showcases the Biden-Harris Administration’s renewed American vision for an inclusive, equitable, and unified citizenry,” said PIC CEO Tony Allen.
The group went on to urge Americans to participate in the inauguration ceremony “from home,” but didn’t explain how that would be possible or realistic.
A severely trimmed-down inauguration ceremony and the cancellation of the long-standing tradition of holding a parade are likely just two of the many previews into what Biden has repeatedly labeled as a “dark winter” that will overtake the United States as we’re forced to cower in our homes for another indefinite amount of time.