Since President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration in 1977, the presidential parade has become a tradition, with the newly minted president walking part of a one-mile route along Pennsylvania Avenue past supporters crowded into grandstands.
But as you’ll see in the photos below, the attendance Friday along the parade route for President Donald Trump was pretty sparse.
Parade route from Capital to WH. Entire stands empty. Crowd thin. pic.twitter.com/7AcpJkBO8O— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 20, 2017
Reuters also captured empty stands elsewhere along the route.
Reporter Katy Tur of NBC heard from the inauguration committee that there was one possible explanation for the lackluster turnout.
Inauguration Cmmte says stands in front of WH are empty because luncheon ran long and buses couldn't get here in time.— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 20, 2017
Another reason could have been the inclement weather — it was rainy and overcast in Washington for much of the afternoon. Protesters and heavy security in the city may have kept supporters off the parade route as well.
But, at least judging from the images we’ve seen, it doesn’t seem as if turnout was anything close to the parade for President Obama in 2009.