WASHINGTON (KWWL) -- Among the estimated 2 million people at Obama's inauguration were dozens of Iowans.
The Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps marched in front of the new president during the inauguration parade. And they brought fans along with them.
It's 5:00 am and the Colts are up and ready to go. They've spent the 24 hours rehearsing in cold temperature. But colds temps are sending chills down the spins of spectators too.
"We wanted to get out and get a spot so we could see the parade for sure," said Lacee Burzlaff.
She was up at 4:00 am, ready to go stake out the perfect spot to see the colts march. She's running on 3 hours sleep.
"There's just a lot of energy that's flowing through me right now," said Burzlaff.
And that energy continue as they ventured towards the Captial. Lacee leads the pack to the security line.
"Everybody's happy to be here. Patriotic, excitement," said Desiree Hurdiss.
Hurdiss is here with her daughter and can't wait to watch her son march in the parade.
"I'd really like to see him march in it," said Hurdiss. "Seeing Obama is going to be great. Seeing him march though is probably gonna bring tears to my eyes."
And by the looks of Tuesday's crowd getting here at 5:00 am was probably a good idea for this group. Lines of security took people five hours to get through.
In the end, it didn't matter whether you were watching it at home, waiting to march in the parade, or watching it at the national mall on a jumbotron. Everyone was a part of history.
"We're here and that's the bottome line. We're here. I can't say enough about it . And thank you to the colts for bringing us here," said Hurdiss.
Click here to read Lauren Squires blog about her experience riding along with the Colts.
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