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Presidential Inauguration 2013: Official and Unofficial Balls

If you haven't been invited to an official ball, there are plenty of other inaugural balls you can attend.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend just two official inaugural balls—the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball for members of the U.S. military and the Inaugural Ball.

Both official balls are at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The ticketing period for both events has closed.

But, if you still want to get dressed up and dance the night away, there are a number of “unofficial” Inaugural Balls—ones that are sponsored by state parties or societies, non-profit organizations or other groups. While there won’t be a presidential visit, they can be a lot of fun.

The Maryland Inaugural Ball is sponsored by the Maryland Democratic Party and a host of local unions and companies. It will be from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Gaylord National Hotel. Tickets are $225 for general admission and can be purchased online here. Dress is black tie. 

If you're looking for a little country flair in your inaugural ball, the Texas State Society (TSS) of Washington DC is hosting a Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball on Jan. 19. This ball is also being held at the Gaylord National Hotel and tickets will be $250 for members and $300 for non-members. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets. Dress is black tie and boots. 

The DC Metro Graduate Chapter of Swing Phi Swing will be hosting their second White and Black Inaugural Ball to benefit the Arthelia ‘Spanki’ Parker Scholarship Fund. Enjoy music and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 20 at the Clarion Hotel in Oxon Hill, MD. Tickest are $65. Dress is black tie.

Looking for the official ball from your home state? Huffington Post has a guide to the inaugural balls here. You may also check out this inaugural ball guide from about.com.

Have you ever been to an inaugural ball? Will you be attending one this year? Tell us in comments.

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