Pan Am Games opening ceremony an extravaganza

Depending on your perspective, the opening of the Pan Am Games will either trigger great joy, unspeakable horror or the kind of shrugging apathy usually reserved for turnips and late night infomercials.

By: Vinay Menon
Toronto Star,
Published on Fri Jul 10 2015

Public Service Announcement: The Pan Am Games are officially underway.

Depending on your perspective, this will either trigger great joy, unspeakable horror or the kind of shrugging apathy usually reserved for turnips and late night infomercials. Whatever the emotional baggage, the opening ceremony, which unfolded on Friday night at the Rogers Centre, did its level best to lift spirits and excite a terminally jaded city.

Music! Dancing! Theatrics! Acrobatics! BMX Stunts! Patriotism! And even . . . Visual Tricks?

Cirque Du Soleil acrobats perform at the opening ceremony of the Pan Am Games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Friday night. Photo: Richard Lautens/ Toronto Star
Cirque Du Soleil acrobats perform at the opening ceremony of the Pan Am Games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Friday night. Photo: Richard Lautens/ Toronto Star

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