Palm Beach County men to perform in Donald Trump’s inaugural parade

The Presidential Inaugural Committee on Friday announced an initial lineup of groups set to perform in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade on Jan. 20.

From marching bands to dance groups, there are more 40 organizations composed of more than 8,000 people on the list, the committee said in a news release. No Palm Beach County groups are on the initial list, but one group slated to perform does include two Palm Beach County residents.

Employees of the Architect of the Capitol put up a fence at the West Front of the Capitol as construction of the 2017 presidential inaugural platform continues December 8, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Employees of the Architect of the Capitol put up a fence at the West Front of the Capitol as construction of the 2017 presidential inaugural platform continues December 8, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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John Fischer of Delray Beach will play the bagpipes with the Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, he told The Palm Beach Post earlier this month. J.T. Kavanagh of Delray Beach Fire Rescue also will perform with the group, playing the snare drum.

“I’m very patriotic and I love my country,” Fischer previously told The Post. “This is definitely a bucket-list item.”

Read more about Fischer from The Post’s Lulu Ramadan.

Here’s the full list of groups set to perform in the parade. In addition to these groups, the committee said each branch of the military also will be represented.

• 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas
• 1st Infantry Commanding General’s Mounted Color – Ft. Riley, Kansas
• Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill Team – Burlington, Kentucky
• Caisson Platoon, Fort Myer – Fort Myer, Virginia
• Cleveland Police Mounted Unit – Cleveland, Ohio
• Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums – Palm Coast, Florida
• Columbus North High School Band – Columbus, Indiana
• Culver Academy Equestrian – Culver, Indiana
• First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Fishburne Military School Army JROTC Caissons Battalion – Fishburne, Virginia
• Frankfort High School Band – Ridgeley, West Virginia
• Franklin Regional High School Panther Marching Band – Murrysville, Pennsylvania
• Indianapolis Metro Police Motorcycle Drill Team – Indianapolis, Indiana
• Kids Overseas – Richmond Hill, Georgia
• Lil Wranglers – College Station, Texas
• Marist College Band – Poughkeepsie, New York
• Merced County Sheriff’s Posse – Hilmar, California
• Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team & Color Guard – Ann Arbor, Michigan
• Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team – New Buffalo, Michigan
• Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums – East Meadow, New York
• North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association – Hillsborough, North Carolina
• NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums – East Moriches, New York
• Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, Illinois
• Palmetto Ridge High School Band – Naples, Florida
• Russellville High School Band – Russellville, Arkansas
• Talladega College Band – Talladega, Alabama
• Texas State University Strutters – San Marcos, Texas
• The Citadel Regimental Band & Pipes and Summerall Guards – Charleston, South Carolina
• The Freedom Riders – Kersey, Colorado
• Tragedy Assistance Marching Unit – Arlington, Virginia
• Tupelo High School Band – Tupelo, Mississippi
• University of Tennessee Marching Band – Knoxville, Tennessee
• VMI Corps of Cadets – Lexington, Virginia
• West Monroe High School Marching Band – West Monroe, Louisiana
• American Veterans – National
• Boy Scouts of America – National
• US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations – National
• Disabled American Veterans – National
• US Border Patrol Pipes & Drums – National
• Wounded Warriors – National

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Donald Trump reportedly writing his inauguration speech with input from advisers

President-elect Donald Trump plans to write the speech he will give at his inauguration on Jan. 20, according to a report from CNN.

Historian Douglas Brinkley, who met with Trump on Wednesday, told CNN that Trump “wants to write the inaugural himself.” Trump is expected to work on the speech Thursday at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach home where he has spent the past week and half for the Christmas holiday.

It wouldn’t be the first time a presidential speech was penned in Palm Beach. A draft of a speech John F. Kennedy wrote to announce his candidacy was sold for $160,000 at an auction in Boston in October 2015. The letterhead read “North Ocean Boulevard/Palm Beach, Florida.” It was most likely from 1959. JFK delivered the speech on Jan. 2, 1960, in the U.S. Senate Caucus Room.

As for Trump, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday that Trump will meet with several key advisers — incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon, policy strategist Stephen Miller, K.T. McFarland and campaign chief and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway — throughout the day to get input on his inaugural address.

He’s set to return to New York on New Year’s Day.

Donald Trump attends a farmer's roundtable event at Bedner Farms west of Boynton Beach Monday, October 24, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Donald Trump attends a farmer’s roundtable event at Bedner Farms west of Boynton Beach Monday, October 24, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

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Brinkley told CNN that Trump wants to keep the speech short: “He doesn’t want people standing out in the cold,” he added.

Trump’s transition team previously had told CNN that Trump would be helped in writing his address by Miller, who also wrote Trump’s speech for the Republican National Convention in July.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Trump told visitors to Mar-a-Lago that he’s looking to presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan for inspiration in writing his speech.

According to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, President George Washington delivered the shortest inauguration speech to date, at just 135 words. William Henry Harrison’s inaugural address was the longest, at more than 8,000 words. Click here to read and listen/watch (if available) every presidential inauguration speech.

Details of the inauguration continue to trickle out. Yesterday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced six faith leaders who will take part in the swearing-in ceremony, including Orlando-area Pastor Paula White, who has served as a spiritual adviser to Trump for years.

A schedule of events was released on Dec. 21. In addition to the swearing-in, parade and balls held on the day of Trump’s inauguration, there will be a “Make America Great Again!” Welcome Celebration open to the general public on Jan. 19 at the Lincoln Memorial.

Read more from CNN.

 

Donald Trump to stay in Palm Beach until New Year’s Day

President-elect Donald Trump is going to spend just a few more days enjoying Florida’s sunshine.

The part-time Palm Beach resident is expected to stay at his Mar-a-Lago Club until New Year’s Day, when he will return to New York City, a spokesman for Trump’s transition team said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Details on Trump’s New Year’s Eve plans have yet to be announced.

In past years, Trump has held lavish events at Mar-a-Lago to ring in the new year, with celebrity attendees including Rod Stewart, Woody Allen and Regis Philbin. Vanessa Williams performed at the gala in 2004.

Vanessa Williams performed at Mar-a-Lago's New Year's Eve Gala on Dec. 31, 2004.  (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Vanessa Williams performed at Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve Gala on Dec. 31, 2004. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Michael and Laurie Gelman and Regis and Joy Philbin spend New Year's Eve at Mar-a-Lago in 2006. (Provided)
Michael and Laurie Gelman and Regis and Joy Philbin spend New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago in 2006. (Provided)

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After spending a few, low-key days at Mar-a-Lago for the Christmas holiday, Trump was back to a packed schedule Wednesday as he works to fill several still-vacant cabinet slots ahead of his Jan. 20 inauguration. Among his meetings: Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, and contenders for secretary of the Department of Agriculture. Trump also reportedly held a meeting Wednesday on improving veterans’ access to health care, according to a pool report.

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Ike Perlmutter: 5 things to know about Marvel CEO who met with Trump

It may sound like an unlikely meeting: Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter sitting down with President-elect Donald Trump as the latter plans his transition into the presidency.

But the comic book mogul is a known Trump supporter. Both are part-time Palm Beach residents, with Perlmutter’s condo just a few miles away from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

President-elect Donald Trump stands at the entrance of Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President-elect Donald Trump stands at the entrance of Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The pair met Wednesday at Mar-a-Lago as Trump and his transition team continue the process of interviewing candidates for cabinet vacancies.

Here are five things to know about Perlmutter.

1. His wife is on Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laurie Perlmutter is helping plan Trump’s inauguration, along with producer Mark Burnett and casino owner Steve Wynn.

2. He’s worth nearly $4 billion. Forbes estimates his net worth as $3.9 billion as of Dec. 28.

3. Just try finding a photo of him. He’s notoriously private — he reportedly attended the 2008 premiere of Marvel’s “Iron Man” incognito — to the point that when The Hollywood Reporter needed a current photo of him to use with an August article, Perlmutter’s publicists rebuffed their request. So the entertainment news giant got creative: They had an artist create an illustration of Perlmutter instead. Reuters grabbed a photo of him during his meeting with Trump on Wednesday, with Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Epstein tweeting the image with the caveat that it was taken “through glass, obscured by wrought iron & dim light.”

4. He’s credited with many for the meteoric rise of Marvel Entertainment. He engineered Disney’s $4 billion acquisition of Marvel, and has led the charge to bring comic-book lore into the popular consciousness.

5. He ate Thanksgiving dinner with the Trump family this year. According to The New York Post, Perlmutter was at Mar-a-Lago for the holiday meal, along with fellow Palm Beach County resident Don King and romance novel heart-throb Fabio.