The West Front of the US Capitol is dressed in red, white and blue the day before President Obama's public inauguration ceremony, in Washington, 20 January 2013Crowds will gather on the Mall leading to Congress to see their president sworn in

Barack Obama is to be publicly sworn in for his second term as US president.

Hundreds of thousands are expected in Washington for the event, which will feature music from Beyonce, parades, black tie balls and tight security.

They will crowd onto the Mall leading to Congress to see the president sworn in on the steps of the Capitol.

Mr Obama was officially inaugurated in a small White House ceremony on Sunday, as the US Constitution requires the president be sworn in by 20 January.

In the famous Blue Room, he rested his hand on a Bible used for many years by his wife’s family and vowed “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.

Inauguration Day schedule

1130 : Official ceremony begins at the West Front of US Capitol

1155 : Obama is publically sworn in as president by Chief Justice John Roberts

1200 : Obama delivers inaugural address

1239 : Obama signs nomination papers for his Cabinet

1300 : Inaugural lunch in Statuary Hall at the US Capitol

1436 : Inaugural parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, ending at the White House.

All time Eastern Standard Time, five hours behind GMT.

He will repeat those words at Monday’s public inauguration, in which he is also expected to use part of his address to outline his plans for the next four years.

Speaking at a reception for supporters late on Sunday, Mr Obama suggested he would dwell on the “common good” and the “goodness, the resilience, neighbourliness, the patriotism,” of Americans.

“What we are celebrating is not the election or the swearing in of the president, what we are doing is celebrating each other and celebrating this incredible nation that we call home,” Mr Obama said, according to news agency AFP.

Mr Obama will, by the end of Monday, have taken the oath four times – as many as President Franklin D Roosevelt.

Four years ago, Mr Obama had to repeat the oath privately to make sure all constitutional obligations were met after tripping over the words.

US President Barack Obama takes the oath of office

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Mr Obama took his official oath on Sunday in the White House’s Blue Room

After Monday’s ceremony on the steps of the US Capitol, Mr Obama will have the traditional lunch with US lawmakers in the building’s Statuary Hall.

The president is then expected to follow the recent tradition of walking through the crowds for at least some of the way in the procession back to the White House.

Vice-President Joe Biden, who was also sworn in on Sunday – will repeat his oath publicly as well.

Thousands of workers and volunteers have been working to finish construction for Monday’s celebrations, with white tents, trailers and generators being set up along the Washington Mall’s parade route as nearby buildings were adorned with red, white and blue bunting.

In 2009, nearly two million people crammed into Washington to witness President Obama’s first inauguration.

Four years on, the mood is unlikely to match that excitement, says the BBC’s Ben Wright in Washington.

But, he adds, the second inauguration of America’s first black president is a moment many will not want to miss.

Map of inauguration route

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