Focus of Pan Am Games shifts to Toronto
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford carries the Pan American games flag in Omnilife Stadium during the closing ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.
Goodbye Guadalajara. Over to you, Toronto.
The Pan American Games wrapped Sunday night with a closing ceremony that included an eight-minute segment dedicated to the Ontario capital, which will host the Games in four years.
As dancers roamed the stage, a video montage of vintage Pan Am sports highlights was played on an overhanging screen at the packed Omnilife Stadium. The crowd was also treated to scenic shots of the city and region, including the Toronto skyline, CN Tower and Niagara Falls.
Jazz singer Florence K sang the national anthem. The performers capped their program with a mix of Aboriginal, Caribbean and Latin dance performances resembling an urban street party.
"Our goal was to combine storytelling, music, imagery, athletics and dance to give viewers a sense of Toronto, its multicultural neighbourhoods and surrounding regions," TO2015 chief executive officer Ian Troop said in a release.
Wearing a sharp dark suit, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gleefully waved the Pan American Games flag in the traditional handover ceremony. He was joined on stage by Sports Minister Bal Gosal and local dignitaries.