The inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris look a little bit different than inaugurations of the past. For one, no crowds were allowed. Aside from major political lawmakers- no gatherings were allowed. The traditional inaugural parade wasn't an option this year due to both the current pandemic and security fears. However, a virtual "Parade Across America" was thrown in honor of the incoming President and Vice President.

The virtual celebration included artists, dancers, drum lines, singers and athletes from across the United States. The Parade Across America was hosted by Tony Goldwyn, and the names in the lineup included Jon Stewart, Earth, Wind & Fire, figure skaters, Olympians, at least one skateboarder, representatives of every branch of the military, a wheelchair basketball program, and the newly reunited New Radicals performing their hit "You Get What You Give".

In the New Radicals performance, Gregg Alexander, the former band's lead singer, dedicated the performance "in memory and in honor" of Biden's late son and veteran Beau Biden and "with the prayer of Joe being able to bring our country together again" As written messages from people across the country flashed on screen, it wasn't hard to recognize when El Paso was represented- even our neighbors in Las Cruces were represented! Check out the 2:36 & 2:40 mark!

I have no idea who the ones representing the 915 and LC are, but according to sources; the one from El Paso is an illustrator from El Paso. His sign reads: "(I look forward) to a Black, Trans, Indigenous, Latinx, Disabled, Immigrant Inclusive America."

Even in the midst of all this chaos, it's great to know that El Paso is not forgotten!

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