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Rochester group among those in nation's capital for Presidential Inauguration

Posted at: 01/20/2013 11:17 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 2:28 AM
By: Joangel Concepcion

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to be at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. on Monday, including one group from Rochester.

A local group called "Rochester for Obama" sent a few of its members to the capital for the event. They have been there throughout weekend, along with many others.

About 800,000 people are expected to line the streets of the nation's capital Monday. The group said everyone is just really excited for the big day and that they have seen big crowds gathering there already.

There have been a lot of festivities during the weekend, not just to kick-off the inauguration, but also to begin celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Sunday was a big day for President Obama as he was sworn in.  News10NBC is told the excitement stretched out to the streets of D.C. where thousands are getting ready for inauguration ceremony. Hotels, restaurants and stores have been extremely busy with the crowds.

Two women who are part of the "Rochester for Obama" organization spoke with News10NBC on Sunday.  Both women say they have been planning this trip for months now because they wanted to be part of history.

“This is a history making event. To have the first African American president to be re-elected to office for a second term is just phenomenal, so I wanted to be part of that history today,” said Ella Dean.

“This is a pivotal moment for our country. We just got out of a recession and we are now recovering. It's just a very important moment for everyone, not only Black Americans but for everyone. It's a unity moment, it's uniting our country,” said Carmen Coleman.

Coverage of the inauguration events will begin at 10 a.m. Monday and last until 3 p.m. on News10NBC.