The Presidential Inaugural Committee officially announced the organizations who will march in the 57th Inaugural Parade, and a group of Des Moines area children made the list.
The Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corp from Des Moines have accepted an invitation to march in the parade which follows President Obama and Vice President Biden’s swearing-in in Washington D.C. on January 21. The group is made up of kids ages 7 to 18, who preform marching, drumming
“The talented groups chosen to participate in the Inaugural Parade reflect the spirit, values, and diversity of our great nation,” said President Obama. “Vice President Biden and I are honored to have them join us in the parade.”
The Isiserettes submitted an online application to the Inaugural committee several months ago.
Applications were reviewed with the help of several military bands, who used their expertise to help assess the presentation skill of marching bands, musical acts and drill teams.
The committees reviewed over 2,800 applications, more than double the number who applied to be in President Obama’s first inauguration parade.
The Isiserettes were one of the first 25 groups to accept their invitation, the committee says more invitations are being made.
All participants are responsible for paying their own lodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C. The committee says they are working with area governments and civic organizations to help find affordable accommodations.