We left the hotel at 6 am and got right to the metro via hotel shuttle. We boarded an Orange line pretty easy. But the first station we got to the train we were on went out of service!
Everyone had to get off and wait for another train, but all of them were full. We waited in a cold wind tunnel for 30 minutes.
We stood on a train for an hour and got off at Federal Triangle.
This Mall is packed at 9 all the way back to the Washington Monument. Parade route is already closed due to capacity. We are sitting near the Smithsonian Castle.