Select New Englanders headed to Washington for Barack Obama's inauguration later this month will have a chance to toast the 44th president at an Eastern Inaugural Ball the night of Jan. 20. The event, at Washington's Union Station, is one of several regionally themed balls being held around the city that night.
In all, there are 10 official inaugural balls, and Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden are expected to make appearances at each one. In addition to the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, which Obama's inaugural committee has already announced, there will also be a Youth Ball, for invited guests ages 18 to 35. (Young folks will get tickets for $75, half the price of entry to other balls.)
"This is America’s inaugural celebration in every way," Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett S. Beliveau said in a statement. "Young people are more engaged in this country's future than ever before and we want to harness that excitement by inviting them to participate in this historic occasion. In that same vein, we are hosting events to bring people from all walks of life and from across the country - from the president-elect and vice president-elect's home states, as well as every corner of the nation – to celebrate this country's unity moving forward."
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