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WJLA, January 15, 2013

Inaugural Balls, retro photos

After a day of ceremonies and parades, the President and First Lady throw on their formal wear and party the night away. Inaugural balls and galas have been a tradition since George Washington was elected - and while the tuxes and ball gowns have changed with the times, the custom of celebrating America's new president has stayed the same.

 

 

Eisenhower 1957

President Dwight Eisenhower and Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower wave to cheering crowd attending inaugural ball at the Statler Hotel in Washington on Jan. 21, 1957. With them is their son Maj. John Eisenhower, Mrs. Barbara Eisenhower.

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