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Photos: President Trump’s inaugural parade attracted relatively few people

President Trump and First Lady Melania waving to parade gathers.
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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.

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.

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.

The inauguration crowd along Pennsylvania Avenue at President Obama’s inaugural parade in 2009.
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