President-Elect Announces Alabama's Contribution to Inauguration Parade

Presidential Inaugural Committee Invites the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids to Represent Alabama by Participating in 56th Inaugural Parade

Talent From Across America To March In Parade From Capitol To White House 
WASHINGTON - Today, in keeping with its commitment to hold inaugural events that celebrate our common values and reflect the diversity and history of our great nation, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden's Inaugural Committee officially extended an offer to the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids to represent Alabama and march in the 56th Inaugural Parade.  Members of the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids will join representatives from across the country and our Armed Forces in the historic parade down Pennsylvania Avenue following President-elect Obama's swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.

"I am honored to invite these talented groups and individuals to participate in the Inaugural Parade," said President-elect Obama.  "These organizations embody the best of our nation's history, diversity and commitment to service.  Vice President-elect Biden and I are proud to have them join us in the parade."

Organizations wishing to participate in the parade submitted an application to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee (AFIC), which then assisted the Presidential Inaugural Committee in reviewing all of the groups' applications.  All told, 1,382 organizations applied to participate, setting a new standard for interest in marching in the parade.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee was assisted in its selection process by a group of experienced military musicians, who utilized their expertise to help assess the presentation skills of marching bands, musical acts and drill teams.

The Mobile Azalea Trail Maids are the welcoming ambassadors for the City of Mobile, Alabama, attired in beautiful antebellum costumes including hoop skirts and parasols.  The Mobile Azalea Trail Maids are the only act to come from Alabama in the parade.

All participants in the Inaugural Parade are responsible for paying for their own lodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C.  The Committee has been working closely with area governments and civic organizations to facilitate access to affordable accommodations and would like to encourage citizens from across the country to reach out and help the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids raise the necessary resources to participate in this historic event.

If you are interested in finding out more about supporting the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids and their participation in the 56th Inaugural Parade, please contact the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids at

Office of the President-Elect's news release.