Tuskegee Airmen, Civil Rights Floats to Join Inaugural Parade

Tuskegee Airmen, Civil Rights Floats to Join Inaugural Parade

Presidential Inaugural Committee Announces Inaugural Parade Floats and Announcers – New Video Shows Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Float Construction
WASHINGTON, DC — The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) released new details today about the Inaugural Parade, including information about parade floats and the announcers selected for the historic event.

The parade will include eight custom-designed floats commissioned by PIC for the parade. Four floats will represent the First Family and Second Family’s home states, and four floats will honor the extraordinary progress we’ve made as a nation.

  • The Hawaii State Float – Hawaii is the birthplace of President Obama. The float features a large volcano modeled after the famous Diamond Head Volcano and a tribute to the late Senator Daniel Inouye.
  • The Illinois State Float – Illinois is the birthplace of First Lady Michelle Obama. The float features American flags, the state flag and a panorama of the Capitol.
  • The Pennsylvania State Float – Pennsylvania is the birthplace of Vice President Joe Biden. The float includes a replica of the Liberty Bell and the Pennsylvania State Seal.
  • The Delaware State Float – Delaware is the home state of Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden. The float includes a replica of State Capitol Bell Tower.
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Float – The float’s design features an image of Dr. King and a representation of his quote “out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”
  • The Civil Rights Movements Float – The Civil Rights float features images representing historic struggles of many of the civil rights movements in our country. The images represented include Immigration, Women’s, LGBT, Civil and Labor Rights. The float also includes Martin Luther King’s quote “The Arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”
  • The Tuskegee Airmen Float – The float is a tribute to the brave young men who were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. The float features a model North American P-51 Mustang.
  • The Inaugural Theme, “Our People. Our Future.” Float – The American people are the focus of this float. Riding on the float are the citizen co-chairs for the National Day of Service.

Earlier today, the PIC also released a new video featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the floats, which are being constructed by Hargrove, Inc. Please click HERE to watch the new video.

The PIC today also released the names of the Inaugural Parade announcers. Charles Brotman, a veteran announcer of 14 Presidential Inaugural Parades, will lead a diverse group of local personalities. Brotman’s voice has been heard at Inaugural parades since 1957, and this year he will announce participants from Lafayette Park for President Obama, Vice President Biden, and parade watchers at that location. The announcers will also work from six additional locations along the entire parade route to inform the crowd lining Pennsylvania Avenue.

Joining Brotman will be Bob Madigan from Silver Spring, Maryland; Carol Renee Eubanks from Hollywood, Florida; Jim Bohannon from Montgomery Village, Maryland; Christine E. Brennan from Washington, DC; Robert D. Goldwater from White Plains, New York; and military announcers from the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region (JTF-NCR).