Everything you need to know about Trump's inauguration

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Everything you need to know about Trump's inauguration

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After about two years' worth of campaigning, a wild election and a tumultuous transition period, this Friday Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.

Trump officially becomes President at noon and will take the oath of office at his inauguration around that time.
 
It's a historic moment as a man who has never before served in government ascends to the nation's highest public office.
 
Here are a few things to know if you want to watch the festivities that make up the beginning of Trump's presidency.
 

What is the inauguration?

The inauguration is the formal transfer of power from one president to the next. On Friday, President Barack Obama will complete his second term in office and cease to be the sitting president, transferring the authority of his office to his elected successor, Trump.
 
At noon, Trump will become the President and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will become the sitting vice president.
 
Trump will take the oath of office administered by Chief Justice John Roberts and deliver a speech commemorating the occasion.
 
And as is tradition, the President and vice president will lead a parade to the White House after their inauguration.
 

What else is going on this weekend?

The inauguration ceremony is sandwiched amidst days of events, including lavish dinners, the parade and concerts.
 
Thursday kicks off the first performances organized by Trump's inaugural committee.
 
An event billed as "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" will be at Lincoln Memorial at 4 p.m. ET and open to the public. Artists including Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood are scheduled to perform.
 
The inaugural committee also announced another pre-inaugural celebration, called "Voices of the People," which the team said "will feature groups from the hundreds of applications received by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to take part in inaugural festivities."
 
After Friday's official ceremonies, inaugural balls are also part of the week's traditions. Trump will attend three balls: two inaugural balls and a ball "saluting armed services and first responders."
 
SOURCE: CNN