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Can't make it to D.C.? There are parties here, too

While more than 2.5-million incoming partiers mob Washington, D.C., for the big inaugural bash, local patriots are getting in on the fun by celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama closer to home. Here are some of the local gatherings to celebrate the historic week:

USF Viewing Party: The Marshall Center Ballroom on the University of South Florida's Tampa campus, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Tampa Theatre screening: 711 N Franklin St. Doors open at 10 a.m. Free. Seating is first come, first served.

Drinking Liberally: The South Tampa meetup group toasts Obama at Rock-N-Sports Bar and Grille, 1600 E Eighth Ave. in Ybor City starting at 7 p.m.

Historic Inaugural Ball: Pinellas County Democratic Party hosts the event at Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 at or (727) 327-2796.

History in the Making: Luncheon sponsored by the Friends of Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and a local firefighters union. Swearing in shown on big screen. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25 at or by calling (727) 892-5202.

Inauguration potluck AND VIEWING: A potluck open house at Uniquely Original Art Gallery, 1655 16th St. S in St. Petersburg. 10 a.m. Free.

MoveOn party: Strokers Billiard & Lounge in Palm Harbor at 30901 U.S. 19 N. 7 p.m.

Inauguration Viewing: New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. New Port Richey. Free.

Can't make it to D.C.? There are parties here, too 01/16/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 19, 2009 4:58pm]
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