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Everything you need to know about Joe Biden’s inauguration

Joe Biden will be sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States today.

The ceremony will take place on the steps of the US Capitol building in Washington D.C., but there will be no parades or crowds due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

RTÉ’s coverage of the inauguration will begin at 4pm Irish time, hosted by Caitriona Perry on RTÉ One.

The ceremony will begin at 4.30pm, with opening remarks from Fr Leo J O’Donovan, former president of Georgetown University, who is a longtime friend of the Bidens.

At around 5pm, Kamala Harris will be sworn-in as Vice President, before Joe Biden takes to the stage to recite the oath of office.


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After the 78-year-old is sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States, Joe will deliver his inaugural address.

As we previously reported, the ceremony will also feature entertainment from some a-list celebrities.

Lady Gaga, a longtime supporter of Biden, will sing the US national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez is set to deliver a show stopping performance.


Breaking with tradition, Donald Trump won’t be there to pass the baton to his successor.

However, a host of former U.S. Presidents will be in attendance – including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W Bush.

All 535 members of Congress have also been invited to the event.

The ceremony will end at 5.30pm Irish time, before Joe Biden and Kamala Harris travel to Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


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After this, they will be escorted to the White House, where they will take up residence.

If you’re still awake at 1.30am Irish time, Tom Hanks is set to host a 90-minute special called ‘Celebrating America’, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

The inauguration special will include performances from John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Jon Bon Jovi and Ant Clemens.

The programme will also feature interviews with the new President and Vice-President.


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