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Date published: 1/18/2013
WASHINGTON--Before President Barack Obama can march from his swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol to the White House, D.C. transportation crews will have to remove the traffic light at 4th Street and Pennsylvania Ave.
Then they'll do it again--on 6th Street, 7th, 9th and every other intersection along the parade's 1.5-mile route--26 traffic poles in all, uprooted the night before.
It's one of thousands of steps that city workers, police officers, volunteers, chefs and hotel staffers are taking to get the city ready for Inauguration Day.
About 600,000 to 800,000 people are expected on the National Mall on Jan. 21 when Obama is sworn in for his second term, D.C. officials say-- far fewer than the 1.8 million who huddled in the cold in 2009 to see the nation's first black president say the oath.
Still, it's a massive undertaking that will bring Washington to a virtual standstill.
A look at the numbers:
250,000--Free tickets issued by congressional offices to attend the ceremony in front of the Capitol.
28,189--Seats set up for spectators along the parade route.
1,600--Seats on the platform where Obama will deliver his address, reserved for elected officials, Supreme Court justices, ambassadors, military leaders and family members of the president and vice president.
2--Number of official inaugural balls, down from the 10 that Obama had in 2009.
40,000--Number of ball-goers expected to attend.
550--Number of staffers working for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
300 to 400--Congressional staffers who will volunteer on Inauguration Day.
50,000--Low-end estimate of total volunteers who signed up to help with festivities.
147--Horses participating in the inaugural parade.
1,000--Gallons of chili being prepared for the week by Ben's Chili Bowl, the landmark diner Obama visited before his inauguration in January 2009.
10,000--Eggs that chefs at the Willard InterContinental Hotel will use during the week. Enjoy a little cheddar in your omelet? The hotel will have 600 pounds of cheese on hand.
6,900--Rolls of toilet paper stocked by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Restrooms at the museum, on the National Mall, will be open Inauguration Day and during a 2,000-guest reception the night before.
1,100--Portable toilets to be available along the parade route.
23--Miles of electric cable needed to support the sound system, media activities and other needs.
4--Miles of snow fencing to be erected outside the Capitol.
President Barack Obama is preparing for all the musicians set to perform at his inauguration festivities by releasing an official playlist.
He released the 16-track playlist, which also includes music by some of his favorite artists, through the digital music service Spotify on Thursday. The list includes jams by Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Usher and fun. They will all perform at different inaugural events, which start Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Obama's list also includes John Legend's "Ordinary People," ''Firework" by Katy Perry, James Taylor's "Your Smiling Face" and the "Glee" cast version of Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory."
Other artists include Marc Anthony, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Cannon and Mindless Behavior.
Inauguration Day is Monday.