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Presidential inaugurations through the years

The presidential inauguration is filled with traditions that date back to the country's beginnings.

From the swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address to the parade and balls, there is no shortage of pomp and circumstance.

As Donald Trump prepares to become the 45th president of the United States, scroll down to take a look back at the nation's past presidential inaugurations.

John F. Kennedy delivers inaugural speech

President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address
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President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961, after being sworn in as the 35th president of the United States in Washington D.C.

The Kennedys with Lyndon Johnson at inaugural ball

Vice President Lyndon Johnson, left, first lady Jacqueline
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Vice President Lyndon Johnson, left, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy attend the inaugural ball at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 1961.

Jimmy Carter takes oath of office

President Jimmy Carter is sworn in as the
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President Jimmy Carter is sworn in as the 39th president of the United States by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger on Jan. 20, 1977, in Washington, D.C.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter during inaugural parade

President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter
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President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter walk in the inaugural parade on Jan. 20, 1977, in Washington, D.C.

The Carters during the inaugural parade

President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter
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President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter hold the hands of daughter, Amy, on Jan. 20, 1977, as the family walks up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

Ronald Reagan takes oath of office

President Ronald Reagan is sworn in as 40th
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President Ronald Reagan is sworn in as 40th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 1981, by Chief Justice Warren Burger in Washington, D.C.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan

President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan
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President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan wave to the crowd on Jan. 20, 1981, after he was sworn in as president.

The Reagans at the inaugural parade

President Ronald Reagan greets the crowd with first
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President Ronald Reagan greets the crowd with first lady Nancy Reagan after being sworn in on Jan. 20, 1981, in Washington, D.C.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan at inaugural parade

President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan
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President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan wave to the crowd on Jan. 20, 1981, during the parade along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

George H.W. Bush takes oath of office

George H.W. Bush is sworn on Jan. 20,
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George H.W. Bush is sworn on Jan. 20, 1989, as the 41st president of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Bill Clinton delivers inaugural speech

President Bill Clinton delivers his inaugural address on
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President Bill Clinton delivers his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1993, after being sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Bill Clinton with Hillary and Chelsea

President Bill Clinton hugs his wife, Hillary, and
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President Bill Clinton hugs his wife, Hillary, and daughter, Chelsea, on Jan. 20, 1993, after being sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States in Washington, D.C.

The Clintons

President Bill Clinton, first lady Hillary Clinton and
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President Bill Clinton, first lady Hillary Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, view the inaugural parade from a stand in front of the White House on Jan. 20, 1993, in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol flags

Historic U.S. flags and bunting hang on the
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Historic U.S. flags and bunting hang on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton on Jan. 20, 1997.

The Clintons at interfaith prayer service

President Bill Clinton stands with first lady Hillary
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President Bill Clinton stands with first lady Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea during an interfaith prayer service at the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20. 1997, prior to his inauguration for his second term in office.

Bill Clinton takes oath of office

President Bill Clinton is sworn in for his
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President Bill Clinton is sworn in for his second term as the 42nd president of the United States by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist on Jan. 20, 1997 in Washington, D.C.

Bill Clinton takes oath of office

President Bill Clinton is sworn in for his
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President Bill Clinton is sworn in for his second term as the 42nd president of the United States on Jan. 20, 1997 in Washington, D.C.

Clinton's inaugural parade

The U.S. Navy Band marches past the presidential
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The U.S. Navy Band marches past the presidential viewing stand on Jan. 20, 1997, during the inaugural parade for President Bill Clinton in Washington, D.C.

Bill and Hillary Clinton with Stevie Wonder

President Bill Clinton, with first lady Hillary Clinton,
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President Bill Clinton, with first lady Hillary Clinton, waves to the crowd as Stevie Wonder performs on Jan. 20, 1997, during an inaugural ball in Washington, D.C.

Bill and Hillary Clinton with the Isley Brothers group

President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton
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President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton with members of the Isley Brothers group on Jan. 20, 1997, as they perform during the inaugural ball in Washington, D.C.

George W. Bush takes oath of office

President George W. Bush takes the oath of
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President George W. Bush takes the oath of office as he is sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2001, in Washington, D.C.

George W. Bush delivers inaugural address

President George W. Bush stands at the podium
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President George W. Bush stands at the podium during his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2001, in Washington, D.C.

The Bushes and Cheneys salute the colors

President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush,
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President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne, along with an unidentified U.S. military officer, salute the colors after inauguration ceremonies on Jan. 20, 2001, in Washington, D.C.

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush and former first
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Former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush attend the presidential inauguration of their son, George W. Bush, in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2001.

United States Marine Corps at inaugural parade

Members of the United States Marine Corps march
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Members of the United States Marine Corps march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. after the inauguration of George W. Bush as the 43rd president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2001.

George and Laura Bush at the inaugural ball

President George W. Bush and first lady Laura
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President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush dance at the inaugural ball at Union Station on Jan. 20, 2001, in Washington, D.C.

George W. Bush takes oath of office

President George W. Bush takes the oath of
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President George W. Bush takes the oath of office to begin his second term as 43rd president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington, D.C.

George W. Bush gives inaugural address

President George W. Bush stands at the podium
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President George W. Bush stands at the podium before delivering his inaugural speech after taking the oath of office for his second term as the 43rd president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington, D.C.

George W. Bush gives inaugural address

President George W. Bush gives his inaugural address
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President George W. Bush gives his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington, D.C.

George and Laura Bush at the inaugural parade

President George W. Bush and first lady Laura
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President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush wave to the audience during the inaugural parade in front of the White House on Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington, D.C.

George and Laura Bush at the constitution ball

President George W. Bush and first lady Laura
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President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush wave during the Constitution Ball on Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington, D.C.

George and Laura Bush at commander-in-chief inaugural ball

President George W. Bush dances with Army Spc.
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President George W. Bush dances with Army Spc. Jazmine Axcona and first lady Laura Bush dances with Marine Lance Cpl. Richard Devon Hansen at the Commander in Chief Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington, D.C.

Laura Bush with daughters Barbara and Jenna

First lady Laura Bush, with daughters Barbara and
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First lady Laura Bush, with daughters Barbara and Jenna, applauds as President George W. Bush addresses the Constitution Ball on Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington.

Barack Obama takes oath of office

Barack Obama is sworn in by U.S. Supreme
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Barack Obama is sworn in by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington.

Barack Obama delivers inaugural address

President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address on
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President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington.

Barack Obama delivers inaugural speech

President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address on
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President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington.

Barack Obama and George W. Bush

President Barack Obama and former President George W.
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President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush embrace during the inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, outside the U.S. Capitol.

The Obamas at the inaugural parade

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to supporters as they walk along Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol toward the White House during the inaugural parade on Jan. 20, 2009.

The Obamas dance at an inaugural ball

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance onstage during the MTV & ServiceNation: Live from the Youth Inaugural Ball at the Hilton Washington on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington.

Barack Obama takes oath of office a day before inauguration

President Barack Obama takes the oath of office
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President Barack Obama takes the oath of office administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House on Jan. 20, 2013, in Washington. The ceremony to launch Obama's second term was private. The 20th Amendment prescribes that the new term for the vice president and president begin at noon on Jan. 20, but because the date fell on a Sunday that year, the public ceremony was held a day later.

Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer

President Barack Obama and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the
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President Barack Obama and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, leave the White House for Obama's second and public swearing-in of his second term on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Obama first was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 20, as prescribed by the 20th Amendment, but because the date fell on a Sunday, the public ceremony was held the next day.

Barack Obama arrives at his inauguration

President Barack Obama arrives at his inauguration at
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President Barack Obama arrives at his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Obama first was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 20, as prescribed by the 20th Amendment, but because the date fell on a Sunday, the public ceremony was held the next day.

Barack Obama is sworn in as president

President Barack Obama is administered the oath of
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President Barack Obama is administered the oath of office by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts during the inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Obama first was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 20, as prescribed by the 20th Amendment, but because the date fell on a Sunday, the public ceremony was held the next day.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden look on during the inauguration for their second term on Jan. 21, 2013, outside the U.S. Capitol.

Beyoncé and Barack Obama

Beyoncé performs the National Anthem as President Barack
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Beyoncé performs the National Anthem as President Barack Obama looks on during his second inauguration on Jan. 21, 2013.

The Obamas at the commander-in-chief inaugural ball

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk onstage for their first dance together at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball at the Washington Convention Center on Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington.

The Obamas at the commander-in-chief inaugural ball

President Barack Obama dances with Air Force Staff
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President Barack Obama dances with Air Force Staff Sgt. Bria Nelson as first lady Michelle Obama dances with Marine Gunnery Sgt. Timothy Easterling during the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, held for members of the Armed Forces, on Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

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