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Complete list of Obama's 10 official inaugural balls

A depiction of the Inaugural Ball for Abraham Lincoln's Second Inauguration March 6, 1865, just weeks before his assassination

In case you're already starting to prepare for Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington in 12 days and get dressed for the inaugural balls, here's a list of the 10 where he'll be pretend-dancing onstage with the nation's new first lady, Michelle Obama.

They'll be historically crowded affairs with warm drinks if the lines are moving and hardly enough room to move, let alone dance. (Even more crowded than the drawing of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Ball above in 1865.)

And forget about finding a cab for two days, especially if it's snowing or raining.

But they'll likely mellow in the memory over the years as a grand time. If you don't have an invitation yet, you might want to take the gown back.

--Youth Inaugural Ball - Young Americans ages 18 to 35; Washington Hilton.

--Obama Home States Inaugural Ball - Illinois and Hawaii invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

--Biden Home States Inaugural Ball - Delaware and Pennsylvania invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

--Eastern Inaugural Ball - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, PR and USVI invited guests; Union Station.

--Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball - MD, VA, DC, NY, NJ and WV invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

--Midwest Inaugural Ball - KS, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI and MO invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

--Southern Inaugural Ball - AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN and TX invited guests; National Guard Armory.

--Western Inaugural Ball - AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY, AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, OK, GUAM/AS invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

--Neighborhood Inaugural Ball - DC residents, additional guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

--Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball -- Enlisted active-duty and reserve military; National Building Museum.

The Times' own Mary Forgione has an even more detailed account of the Obama balls over here on our Daily Travel & Deal Blog.

Also, be sure to click on the "Read more" line below to see the actual menu from Lincoln's Ball. Looks like they put on a pretty good feed back in those days! Our favorite item: Beef a la mode.

--Andrew Malcolm

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Illustrations from the Smithsonian Institution.

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I also want to know what Beyonce will be singing at this event.

Sir, Beyonce does not belong anywhere near any of the Inaugurations. Therefore, she was not invited to sing. Offer declined!

Beyonce will sing at one of the balls madam! What do you mean she was not invited?

Quite frankly, I hear these official Balls are quite stuffy and more like a glamour cattle call. I would reather go to the more entertaining Balls like the Blue Diamond Inaugural Ball where Jackson Browne will perform. Will probably be less snobbish.

how do you get tickets to the youth ball?

How do you get tickets fo the Neigborhood Inaugural Ball?

Are full length gowns required/recommended for all the official balls?

Beyonce will be singing at one of the balls, and matter fact she HAS sung at a ball. Which was the Neighborhood Ball.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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