Donald Trump and Melania Trump are about to attend three inaugural galas, during which they will have their first dance as president and first lady.
The inaugural galas were scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time, but they did not end up getting started until about 8:00 p.m. Musical performances are currently ongoing at the Freedom Ball, but the president has not yet arrived. You can stream the gala live in the embedded YouTube player via The Washington Post.
Two of the inaugural galas have been bunched together as one event that the Presidential Inaugural Committee is referring to as Liberty and Freedom: The Official Presidential Inaugural Ball. It takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Those two galas are being held on two different floors of the convention center, and the Trumps will move from one into the other.
The following artists will perform at the Liberty and Freedom galas: Sam Moore, Tim Rushlow and his Big Band, Silhouettes, The Rockettes, Pelican212, The Piano Guys, Circus 1903, Cache Olson, Lexi Walker, and Erin Boheme. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will dance to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
After these two galas, the Trumps will head over to the National Building Museum for the Salute To Our Armed Services Ball, an event for veterans, wounded warriors, active duty and reserve military, military families and first responders.
The only two performances that have been announced for the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball are Tony Orlando and Josh Weathers.
Trump will be attending an unusually small number of inaugural galas compared to past presidents. In 2009, Barack and Michelle Obama attended 10 inaugural balls, and in 1997, Bill and Hillary Clinton went to 14 of them.
In a recent interview with Fox News, President Trump said that he did not want to go to so many galas.
“They had many balls,” he said. “They had like 10, 12 balls, and we had that scheduled…we have one ball, I think it’s 25,000 people, and they’re going to be bigger…but who wants to have like 10 different balls?”