Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
When President Barack Obama is sworn into office for a second term Monday, Louisiana and south Mississippi will be represented by college bands, an honored community volunteer and local members of the military.
Watch CBS News coverage of the inauguration beginning at 9 a.m. Monday on Channel 4.
Riding a float in the inaugural parade will be Liz McCartney, co-founder of the non-profit St. Bernard Project, who was named one of eight honorary Citizen Co-Chairs for the inauguration.
This weekend, McCartney participated in the voluntary Day of Service and attended meetings at the White House. After the inaugural parade, she will attend one of the inaugural balls. Her group, The St. Bernard Project, has helped with the rebuilding of hundreds of homes in south Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina.
For the second time, the Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, from northwest Louisiana, will march in an inaugural parade for President Obama. The band traveled to Washington in 2009 for his first inauguration.
According to the school, the band is only one of two marching bands returning for a second Obama inauguration; the other is the president’s Hawaii high school. Grambling also performed for President George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001.
This time, more than 200 band members made the trip to Washington, along with band faculty and staff. Several other buses carried other students and faculty to D.C. as well for the inauguration.
According to the university, among the musical selections the band has selected for Monday’s parade are traditional military marches such as "Them Basses" and "Our Directors March." In a clever twist, the band also selected the 1982 hit "Early In The Morning" by The Gap Band.
Band director Larry Pannell said the idea for that song came from the fiscal cliff negotiations when President Obama and other government officials worked into the night and early morning hours to get a deal.
The other local school band participating in the inaugural parade is the Pearl River Community College Marching Band, from Poplarville and Pearl River County, Mississippi.
PRCC’s Spirit of the River marching band will represent Mississippi in the parade, marching the 1.5-mile route along Pennsylvania Avenue. They plan to perform “God Bless America.”
About 150 students, including members of the band, drum line, String of Pearls dance squad and color guard, will participate.
Two local members of the military are also involved in the inauguration ceremonies.
New Orleans native Donald Francisco, now an Army Sergeant First Class, will march in the inaugural parade with the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Members of the corps, stationed in Fort Myer, Virginia, wear Revolutionary War-style uniforms. The group has participated in every presidential inaugural parade since John F. Kennedy's in 1961. Francisco is a graduate of St. Augustine High School, who joined the Army right out of high school and still has family in New Orleans.
Another New Orleans native, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Elizabeth Bordelon, is a member of the Joint Task Force - National Capital Region, working in support of the inaugural events.
Bordelon, a Mt. Carmel Academy and Tulane University graduate, is involved with the task force charged with coordinating all military ceremonial support for the inaugural period. It includes members from all branches of the armed forces.
Bordelon has been working for the past several months in the D.C. area as a media relations specialist, coordinating the efforts of reporters and media crews covering the event.
Also, about 150 members of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard will provide security for the inauguration.