Category: Society / January 22, 2013 9:22 AM EST
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle joined thousands of supporters on Monday (January 21) at the inaugural ball, where entertainers included Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson.
At 9:22 p.m., the crowd erupted in a roar. A sea of camera phones greeted the first couple as they walked on to the stage. He wore a black suit and a white tie. According to the White House, she wore "a custom Jason Wu ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown with a handmade diamond embellished ring by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald."
Inaugural balls have been a Washington fixture since the city's earliest days, when James Madison celebrated with a dance at a downtown hotel in 1809.
Bill Clinton set a record in 1997 with 14 official balls, and Obama himself celebrated with 10 official events in 2009.
This year, organizers scaled back to two events at a time when the economy is still struggling.
While some got tickets for as little as $60 each, organizers asked wealthy donors to kick in as much as $1 million to cover the costs.