President Barack Obama (L) and first lady Michelle Obama walk the route as the presidential inaugural parade winds through the nation's capital January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Celebrities and high profile political figures join the thousands of average Americans as they gather to witness President Barack Obama‘s presidential inauguration ceremony.

Today’s swearing-in, marks the start of Obama’s second term as the nation’s 44th president.

Steve Harvey, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and Rev. Al Sharpton were all in attendance for the festivities.

Further reading on the inauguration of Barack Obama:

In Obama’s 2nd inauguration speech, a strong defense of modern liberalism

Beyoncé’s media blitz continues at Obama inauguration

Craig Robinson talks being the ‘coach next door’ and brother of the first lady

What should Michelle Obama wear to the inaugural balls?