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Inauguration Balls 2013: A Guide To Official Inaugural And State Balls

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Michelle and Barack are cutting down on balls this Inauguration | AP

WASHINGTON -- After a record-setting Inauguration in 2009, President Obama's second time around later this month is expected to be a bit smaller affair. In fact, there will be just two official inaugural balls that the president and first lady are anticipated to attend.

The Commander-In-Chief’s Ball, started by President George W. Bush, is for members of the U.S. military. The Inaugural Ball is for the general public.

Both events will be held throughout the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Mount Vernon Square. The public can request tickets for the Inaugural Ball at the event's official site. The tickets are priced at $60 and requesting tickets does not guarantee entrance to the event.

Although Obama will attend the lowest number of official inaugural balls since Dwight Eisenhower, there's no shortage of State Society Inaugural Balls and other celebrations, from the Black Tie & Boots Ball to the Kentucky Bluegrass Ball to the North Carolina Society's big party at Nationals Park.

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