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The 2013 inaugural balls -- in pictures
Washington scaled down the inauguration party scene this year, scheduling just two official balls -- compared with 10 in 2009. But dignitaries and visitors still managed to cap off President Obama's second inauguration with a big gala at the Washington Convention Center Monday night. Here are scenes from the 2013 inaugural balls.

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Jan. 21, 2013: President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama kiss as they dance during the Commander-In-Chief's Inaugural Ball.
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Jan. 21, 2013: President Barack Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama during The Inaugural Ball at the Washington convention center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington.
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Jan. 21, 2013: Jennifer Hudson performs while President Barack Obama dances with Air Force Staff Sgt. Bria Nelson as first lady Michelle Obama dances with Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Timother Easterling at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball in Washington, at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
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Jan. 21, 2013: Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive to dance together at the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center in Washington during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
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Jan. 21, 2013: Band Fun. performs during The Inaugural Ball at the Washington convention center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington.
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Jan. 21, 2013: The Mexican pop rock band ManĂ¡ performs during the Inaugural Ball in Washington.
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Jan. 21, 2013: Alicia Keys performs during The Inaugural Ball in the Washington Convention Center.

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Jan. 21, 2013: Brad Paisley performs at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington.
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Jan. 21, 2013: Guests stream into the Washington Convention Center for The Inaugural Ball.
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Jan. 21, 2013: Protesters demonstrate outside the Commander in Chief's Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.
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The 2013 inaugural balls -- in pictures

Washington scaled down the inauguration party scene this year, scheduling just two official balls -- compared with 10 in 2009. But dignitaries and visitors still managed to cap off President Obama's second inauguration with a big gala at the Washington Convention Center Monday night. Here are scenes from the 2013 inaugural balls.

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