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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday ushers in a new presidential era with the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris set for noon. 

Here’s a snapshot of inauguration-related events that are scheduled:

 Virtual parade and lighting ceremony: At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a virtual parade and lighting ceremony will be televised from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, honoring Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

 Inauguration: It’s anticipated that the swearing in of Biden and Harris will begin around noon Tuesday and can be viewed on many television networks. Biden will then deliver his inaugural address. You can also watch it on the Biden Inaugural Committee YouTube channel here.

• Presidential escort and virtual parade: Following Biden’s planned trip to Arlington National Ceremony to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Tuesday, he and Harris will receive a presidential escort from 15th Street in downtown to DC to the White House. Instead of the traditional in-person parade, a virtual event will be broadcast; that is expected to begin around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

• “Celebrating America” primetime TV event: Instead of the traditional balls that are held the night of an inauguration, Tom Hanks will host a television event starting at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday that will include performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons.

This article was written for us by our sister paper, the Saint Albans Messenger, in Saint Albans, Vermont.

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