01/18/2013 03:49 pm ET

Inaugural Ball Season Begins: Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON -- The Inaugural Ball season has officially begun. Sister Cities International hosted their first Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala across the street from the White House at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Hall of Flags.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray made an appearance along with European Union Ambassador João Vale de Almeida and Representative Michael Honda of California. The United States Marine Band performed and the United States Color Guard participated.

Click through the slideshow for photos from the first of more than one hundred Inaugural parties, balls, galas and more.

Sister Cities Inaugural Gala