Trump Inauguration: Spectacle or Low Key?

In the weeks leading up to Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony, rumors have been flying about what the ceremony itself will look like. Will it be a big-name celebrity bash? A high-value production like a beauty pageant? Or, something more solemn in line with the presidency?

While nothing is certain at this point, here’s what we know so far about how the Jan. 20 ceremony will unfold.

Inauguration is ‘not Woodstock’

Rockettes
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Earlier this week, Trump’s senior advisor Boris Epshteyn said the inauguration will not be the star-studded spectacle some had speculated it would be.

“You know, this is not Woodstock. As Donald Trump tweeted himself, it’s about the people. That’s what we’re concentrated on,” Epshteyn, communications director for the inauguration committee, told CNN.

Acts confirmed for the ceremony so far include the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho. The ceremony will also include prayers from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Rev. Franklin Graham, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White, according to the Washington Post.

This wasn’t met too well by some members of the Rockettes, however. Many of the famous dancers refused to take the stage, before being silenced by their agency. However, after pressure, the owners of the group decided not to force members to perform.

Trump previously met with Mark Burnett, the producer behind The Apprentice, to discuss more grandiose ideas. According to the New York Times, Burnett’s suggestions included a parade on Fifth Avenue in New York and a helicopter ride from New York to Washington, D.C. Those ideas are unlikely to come to fruition because of security concerns surrounding the inauguration.

Inauguration protests

No matter what happens during the ceremony, it seems certain that the Trump administration will need to prepare for protesters. The National Park Service has received formal protest requests from a record 23 groups. Security for the event will cost more than $100 million, experts predict.

On the day after the inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington will bring buses of women from around the country to the U.S. Capitol. The event aims to raise awareness about women’s rights.