Schedule of events to mark Donald Trump's inauguration as US president

WASHINGTON - The inauguration of Mr Donald Trump as America's 45th president on Friday (Saturday Jan 21, Singapore time) is the highlight of several days of pomp in the US capital. Here's a look at the timeline of events:


10.35am (11.35pm Singapore time) - Performances begin at Lincoln Memorial. "Voices of the People," the first act of a day-long public concert, will feature groups such as the DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Republican Hindu Coalition, high school marching bands, choirs and baton twirlers.

3.30pm to 4pm (4.30am to 5am Friday, Singapore time) - Mr Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in honour of the nation's veterans.

4pm to 6pm (5am to 7am Friday, Singapore time) - Mr Trump will deliver remarks during the second act of the concert at Lincoln Memorial, dubbed the "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration." The event, broadcast live nationally, will be headlined by country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, and feature a fireworks finale.

Thursday night (Friday morning, Singapore time) - Mr Trump is expected to spend the night at Blair House, the presidential guest residence across the street from the White House.

Donald Trump wax figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds wax museum in D.C.


Morning (Friday night, Singapore time) - Mr Trump, Mr Pence and their families are expected to attend services at St. John's Episcopal Church, just steps from the White House.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome Mr Trump and his wife Melania to the White House for morning tea. The two couples will then travel together to the Capitol by motorcade.

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9.30am (10.30pm Singapore time) - Inauguration ceremony begins on the west front of the Capitol with musical performances.

Attendees include members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, diplomats and the public. Former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will attend, as will Mr Trump's election opponent Hillary Clinton. Former president George H.W. Bush is in frail health and will not be present.

Sixteen-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho will sing the national anthem. The Rockettes dance troupe will also be performing.

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11.30am (12.30am Saturday, Singapore time) - Opening remarks. Religious leaders will offer the invocation and readings. Mr Pence will be sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Noon (1am Saturday, Singapore time) - Mr Trump will recite the oath of office, administered by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. He will use president Abraham Lincoln's inauguration Bible, as well as the Bible that Mr Trump's mother gave to him at his Sunday school graduation in 1955. After that, he will deliver his inaugural address.

12.30am (1.30am Saturday, Singapore time) - Ceremony ends. Afterwards, in keeping with tradition, Mr Trump and Mr Pence will attend the Congressional Lunch in the Capitol.

3pm to 5pm (4am to 6am Saturday, Singapore time) - Inaugural parade. The newly minted president and vice-president make their way 2.4km along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House, trailed by some 8,000 parade participants. They will include members of all US military branches, as well as high school and university marching bands, equestrian corps, first responders, veteran groups and even a tractor brigade.

7pm to 11pm (8am to noon Singapore time) - Mr Trump, Mr Pence and their wives will make appearances at three official inaugural balls, two of which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre and the other at the National Building Museum. A number of semi-official and unofficial balls will also take place throughout the city.


10am to 11am (11pm to midnight Singapore time) - Mr Trump and Mr Pence attend the interfaith National Prayer Service, held at the Washington National Cathedral.

Anti-Trump protests kick off ahead of his White House inauguration

  • US civil rights activists vowed on Jan 14, 2017 to defend hard-fought gains in voting rights and criminal justice during the presidency of Donald Trump, kicking off a week of protests ahead of the Republican's inauguration.
  • About 2,000 mostly black protesters ignored steady rain to march and rally near Washington's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, as speakers urged them to fight for minority rights and President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which Trump has vowed to dismantle.
  • The rally also included the Hispanic group La Raza, politicians, relatives of African-Americans slain by police, the National Urban League, Planned Parenthood and the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights.
  • The rally came hours after Trump blasted U.S. Representative John Lewis after the Georgia Democrat and civil rights campaigner said Russia's alleged hacking aimed at helping Trump put his legitimacy into question.
  • The Rev. Al Sharpton, the rally's organiser and a veteran civil rights leader, said Democrats in Congress needed to be sent a simple message: "Get some backbone."
  • About 30 groups, almost all of them anti-Trump, have gotten permits to protest before, during and after the inauguration. Thousands of demonstrators have vowed to shut down the inauguration.
  • The National Mall in Washington could become a sea of bright pink the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as US president if the vision of a pair of Los Angeles women is realized.
  • For two months, Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman have called on people around the world to make 1.17 million pink "pussyhats" for those attending the Women's March, a rally on Jan. 21 organized with hopes of bringing attention to civil and human rights issues.
  • The women have asked volunteers around the world to help sew, crochet or knit pink hats with ears by using simple patterns available on the project's website.
  • The name of the hats comes partly from President-elect Trump's comments in an infamous 2005 tape that came to light during his campaign in which, discussing women, he said: "Grab them by the pXXXX. You can do anything."
  • They say it is easier than knitting a scarf, the typical starter project for novices.
  • Marchers can get a hat by contacting a maker through an online distribution system, through social media or at sites in Washington.
  • Organizers have said the protest could draw around 200,000 people, but Suh and Zweiman decided to aim for the 1.17 million people that could feasibly fit in the Mall.
  • For some knitters at the "pussyhat party" on Jan 13, it was hard to put the needles down as the deadline nears.