By all accounts there’s going to be over a million people at the historic swearing in of Barack Obama. Using history as our guide, the Million Man March had about 250k people and there weren’t enough public facilities for them. The Promise Keepers Stand in the Gap Rally, which I attended, easily doubled that amount and there weren’t enough facilities.
Those two events were put together with good, wholesome beliefs behind them.
Obama’s inauguration is going to bring over a million people to Washington, maybe as many as 3 million, and there is no way Washington is prepared. Couple that with bars open until 4am and I see nothing but trouble.
Be ready to stand in long lines in the promised cold, wet weather.
Don’t drive into DC. parking will be scarce at best with many garages closed for security. Plus if you’re coming from Virginia you might as well leave now since the bridges and roads will be closed.
Be ready to walk up the long escalators for the Metro since they break down often. Not to mention the sweaty, smelly, ill tempered people you’ll get to rub against while riding it.
Lastly, be prepared to walk miles. You can’t cross the parade route. That means if you want to cross the street you have to walk around the parade. That tires me out just thinking about it.
If you’re going, good luck. Keep and eye on your wallet and be prepared to be frustrated.