Best Ways To Experience The Presidential Inauguration In Houston

January 7, 2013 6:00 AM

Barack Obama (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Barack Obama (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Barack Obama (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Four years after President Barack Obama celebrated his historic inauguration as president of the United States, the nation’s leader will be honored once more for winning the last presidential election as he begins to serve another term at the White House. You can be part of this momentous occasion, even from Houston. Celebrate the president and his inaugural ceremony Jan. 21 just by exploring America’s fourth largest city.

Black Heritage Gallery
5408 Almeda Road
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 529-7900

A favorite place for Houstonians to take out-of-town guests for a visit or to just marvel in the extensive art collection that celebrates black culture, visitors will delight in this gallery’s range of art exhibits. See local artists on site as well. The gallery, which also offers framing services, sells its art to patrons. For many satisfied guests, the gallery promises an unforgettable educational journey through the realms of the artists’ imaginations.

19th Annual MLK Grand Parade in Midtown Houston
Houston Community College Central Campus
1300 Holman St.
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 953-1633

Date : Jan. 21 – 10  a.m. to noon

Sponsored by the MLK Foundation, the annual parade is part of the nation’s yearly celebration commemorating the great visionary Martin Luther the King, Jr. Inspired by MLK’s dream of unifying multi-cultural races, the sponsors of this parade go by its mantra “There is but one race and that is the human race” by promoting cultural diversity through events involving the community. If you are ready for two solid hours of communing with almost 300,000 spectators to witness a fabulous display of cultures through decorative floats and marching bands, then this is the event for you. The parade will be shown on national and international TV and is expected to garner at least 4 million viewers.

12th Annual Battle of the Bands Competition
Joe Kelly Butler Stadium
13755 S. Main St.
Houston, Texas 77035
(713) 726-2125

Date : Jan. 21 – 4 p.m.

Houston was chosen to host this annual competition featuring acclaimed marching bands recognized nationwide. Also sponsored by the MLK Foundation, different bands from all over the country will convene in this exciting event, including the best high school marching bands from California, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Enjoy the nation’s crème de la crème as they vie for the top spot on the president’s big day.

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Lucky’s Pub
801 Saint Emanuel St.
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 522-2010

If you want to celebrate the president’s historic second inauguration while enjoying a great time with even better company without the hassles of entertaining, cleaning and cooking for your guests, take them all with you for a fun night out to one of the best sports bars in Houston. Lucky’s Pub, located in the heart of downtown, is known for great food courtesy of its award-winning chef, a huge selection of beer, lots of entertaining games and, best of all, big screen TVs to watch your favorite sports games. The Houston Rockets will play the Charlotte Bobcats that night, so expect a rowdy, fun-filled evening.

“We Do It Big in Texas” 2013 Presidential Inauguration Road Trip
The National Mall
Suitland, MD 20746
(281) 832-0186 or 832 (797-0730)

Date: Jan. 19 1 p.m.  to Jan. 21

If celebrating the Presidential Inauguration up close and personal is your cup of tea, then going to Washington D.C. to honor the president is the only way to go. Be part of the actual Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C. by going on a road trip from Houston all the way to the nation’s capital to join more than a million people who will celebrate with Obama and the rest of the world for the historic occasion. Participants may choose from a variety of deals as packages vary depending on your choice of accommodations. You may go on a bus trip by yourself or invite as many as four friends to join you. The complete itinerary may be viewed here.

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Rainne Mendoza Celespara is a freelance writer living in Houston. Her work can be found at

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