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|Mon, 01-19-2009 - 4:19pm|
It's none of my business, and I tend to be a worry wart, but I was thinking about your dd going to the inauguration.
Over and over here in D.C. they've been stressing that you need to dress in layers and dress warmly since you'll most likely be outside for several hours, in temps in the upper 20's to low 30's. Officials have been recommending that you additionally have chemical hand &/or toe warmers (they're like $1-2 for a 2-pack at Walmart), long underwear, comfy shoes, etc. I even read one recommendation that you take extra toilet paper (or pocket pack of kleenex) for the porta-johns.
I know there are restrictions on what and how much stuff you can take with you (and my experience is that they mean what they say, just like the airlines). No umbrellas are permitted, limited food and drinks are permitted, etc. Some Metro subway station access will be limited or closed due to security, and parking will probably be a distance from the mall, so plan for a lot of walking.
The Washington Post newspaper has been printing maps and other info that may be helpful. Here's a link to a map if you can use it http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2008/12/04/GR2008120402930.html.
I hope your dd has a great time and survives the weather and crowds!