The Washington Times - January 19, 2009, 12:05PM

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