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Thousands expected to watch inaugural parade, South Shore to perform

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Sen. Dick Durbin, Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel are in Washington for President Obama's second inauguration. They'll join many other politicians for the Inaugural Parade, where Illinois will be well represented.

SEE: Illinois float among 8 in inauguration parade

The procession that follows President Barack Obama down Pennsylvania Avenue following his swearing-in ceremony and luncheon, and it will feature more than 60 groups and eight official inaugural floats.

One of those floats will recognize Illinois, as the birthplace of First Lady Michelle Obama. The float will feature American flags, the state flag and a panorama of the state Capitol.

It will be one of the first floats in the parade and will be immediately followed by Chicago's South Shore Drill Team.

SEE: S. Shore drill team, Soul Children perform at inaugural events

Hawaii, the state where President Obama was born, also will have an official float.

The parade is scheduled to begin about 1:30 p.m. More than 8,800 people and 200 animals are expected to participate.

There were hundreds of thousands of people out on the mall right around 7:30 a.m., with more on the way. It's going to be a beautiful Monday, with temperatures in the 40s, with the sun shining.

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