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Inaugural parade floats tie up traffic

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Drivers heading into the District mid-morning got backed up on Route 50 westbound. The commotion? Not an accident or official motorcade but something FUN: Inaugural parade floats, about 10 of them with a massive police escort that tied up intersections and blocked the right lane.

Not that hostile commuters seemed to mind. A sign of the “isn’t this amazing” mood of some Beltway residents and more than a few visitors, whose emotional fever pitch is ever high one day away from the big inauguration ceremony? Some eastbound drivers pulled off of the highway and got out of cars to snap photos of the floats.

This is history, they seemed to convey. Traffic griping can resume on Wednesday.

— Andrea Billups, national reporter

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Andrea Billups

Andrea Billups

Andrea Billups is a Midwest-based national correspondent for The Washington Times. She is a native of West Virginia and received her undergraduate degree from Marshall University and her master's degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Her news career spans more than 20 years. She has reported for several newspapers, has edited two magazines and before joining the Times, ...

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