WATCH | How one inauguration attendee is prepping for Donald Trump’s big day
Katie Pringle, a 27-year-old account manager at a Californian public affairs firm, is all set to watch President-elect Donald Trump be sworn in on Friday. But she had to work to make that happen.
Pringle, who volunteers on Republican campaigns around Anaheim, voted for Trump and decided as soon as he was elected that she would attend the inauguration.
"I’ve pretty much been planning on going since election night when I knew he was going to be the president-elect," Pringle told Circa.
I went in 2001 for President George W Bush's inauguration with my family. It was really fun aside from the fact that my dad and I got hit by a car.
Trump's inauguration will be Pringle's second one. She previously attended President George W. Bush's 2001 swearing in. But this one is the first one she had to plan on her own-- and she's hoping this trip goes better than her first.
She expects this year's ceremony to be different than any before it.
“Because of who the president-elect is, it’s probably going to be a lot different and more exciting in a bunch of different ways," Pringle said. "I expect for, you know, every sort of presidential inauguration to have a protest, but I expect there to be quite a few more."
The first thing she did was get in touch with her local congressman to apply for tickets to watch the ceremony in our nation's capitol.
"We are only one of, like, 100 people who get tickets for that congressional district so it is a pretty big honor," Pringle told Circa. "But I didn’t really know if it was set in stone until early December."
Some Trump supporters who wanted to go weren't able to get tickets.
Tickets were only half the battle. She still had to figure out how to get to DC and where she was going to stay. That wasn't easy.
"I blew quite a lot of money on my flight. And thankfully a friend had a hotel room booked already, so I am just staying with her. So I got really lucky in that regard. So it wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t cheap, but I’m doing it anyway," Pringle said.
I am going to one of the official balls and then probably a couple of the unofficial balls.
After all that, Pringle still had to fill out her schedule, because the only thing she knew she was going to was swearing in ceremony itself, but there are a lot more events going on outside of that. "I’m so crazy that I created an events matrix so that I can go to as many events as possible," Pringle told Circa.
Between attending the receptions, ceremonies and balls, she needed to bring a lot of clothing. "Gloves, good coat, some casual clothes, some business type clothes for the events I am going to and of course fancy dresses," Pringle told Circa.
And she had to think about footwear. "For the ball, my first thought was that I should just wear tennis shoes, just totally own it. And then I thought to myself, 'No I'm a girly girl. I am going to wear whatever shoes I can get away with for a long time that still look halfway decent."
He's going to be our president so it's going to be a celebration and I'm looking forward to being there.
If this seems like a lot, it was. But for her, as a Republican, it's an important ceremony to attend with her friends. "I'm excited to go to support my party."