DemDaily: Inaugural Update: Have a Ball

January 19, 2021

The Field of Flags lit up on the National Mall last night (Joe Raedle/AFP)

Last night the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) unveiled three new events -- virtual Inaugural "Balls" dedicated to celebrating the Asian American and Pacific Islander, African American and Latino communities Tuesday night.

In lieu of the normal 10 to 20 official and unofficial extravagant balls that are usually held during inauguration, PIC has partnered with major organizations to offer an alternative to the viewing public.

Events that "will honor acts of resilience, heroism, and commitment to unity from the Black, Latino, and AAPI communities as the coalitions that make up our nation come together to celebrate a new chapter in our history," said PIC CEO Tony Allen.

Go to the DemList Presidential Inaugural Calendar for more details and links for all official and unofficial inaugural events.

The evening celebrations will follow two daytime events:

Aloe Blacc peformed "My Way" at Monday night's MLK Celebration (Click to Watch)

12:00pm EST: I Do Solemnly Swear: The U.S. Presidential Inauguration
Discovery Education will provide a virtual learning experience to educators, students and families, with a special message from future First Lady Jill Biden and interviews with inauguration experts and historians.

5:30pm ESTNational COVID Memorial
To honor the lives lost to COVID-19. The ceremony will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and illumination of buildings and churches in cities and towns across the country.

7:00pm-8:00pm EST: AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers
In partnership with IMPACT and RUN AAPI, the PIC will join an Inaugural Ball celebrating the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and the multitude of contributions they make to our nation. The event will feature remarks from AAPI organizers, political leaders, celebrities and musical, comedy, and cultural performances.

Two-time Olympic medalist and five-time figure skating world champion Michelle Kwan has served as Biden's Surrogate Director since April (Lisa O'Connor/AFP)

Confirmed participants include OMB Director-designate Neera Tanden and Congresspersons Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Andy Kim, and Raja Krishnamoorthi, as well as former Olympian Michelle Kwan, actors Kal Penn, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani, and Chloe Bennet, and performances by Japanese Breakfast, Ari Afsar, Raja Kumar and more.

The Biden-Harris Inaugural Playlist is out! The 46 songs feature artists from across the music spectrum, from Hall & Oates, Curtis Mayfield and Bob Marley to Kendrick Lamar, Bruce Springsteen and Beyoncé. BidenHarrisPlaylist

8:00pm-9:30pm ESTWe Are One
PIC will host an evening celebration honoring the Black Community and African Diaspora, featuring powerful speakers, inspiring stories, and entertaining performances.

Actor, producer, author Terrence J will host "We Are One" (TMCF)

The event, hosted by Terrence J, will feature appearances by Leslie Jones, Frankie Beverly, Stacey Abrams, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, Congressman Cedric Richmond, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Joyce Beatty, Senator Cory Booker, Senator-Elect Reverend Raphael Warnock, Kim Fields, Erika Alexander, and Jason George.

It will also feature performances by Tobe Nwigwe, DJ D-Nice, The O'Jays, Rapsody, Step Afrika, the String Queens, the Texas Southern University Debate Team, and more.

The event will also include a Battle of the Bands, featuring Florida A&M University Marching 100, Grambling State University World Famed Marching Band, Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South, Louisiana Leadership Institute All-star Marching Band, South Carolina State University Marching 101, Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band, and the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands.

9:30pm-10:30pm ESTLatino Inaugural 2021: Inheritance, Resilience, and Promise
In partnership with the Hispanic Federation and over 50 co-host organizations, the PIC will join an Inaugural tribute to tell the story of Latinos' contributions to our nation.

Actor, Writer, Producer Lin Manuel Miranda will appear (Bruce Glikas)

Hosted by actress Eva Longoria, it will feature appearances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Leguizamo, Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos, Ivy Queen, Becky G. There will also be musical performances from Gilberto Santa Rosa and Gaby Moreno. Others featured include David Garza and All-Star Tejanos United - Stefani Montiel, Jose Posada, Shelly Lares, DJ Kane, and Mariachi Nuevo Santander from Roma High School in Roma, Texas.

The event will also include an Emilio Estefan produced performance of One World, One Prayer by the Wailers, featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy and Cedella Marley.

Events will be streamed live on and other platforms.


For the Inaugural Day Schedule see: DemDaily: Inaugural Week: The New Lineup! More developments to come this afternoon!

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Sources: Presidential Inaugural Committee

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