Inaugeration ceremony for the World Games in Cali
Thursday evening was the inaugeration ceremony for the World Games, held in Cali, Colombia this year. I went with a friend, Maleja, and we arrived about 2 p.m. The ceremony was to begin at 7 p.m. in the soccer stadium Pascual Guererro. There was a line already, but we were fairly close to the front. They finally opened the gates about 5:45 p.m. We went in and got decent seats, then waited more until it started a little after 7 p.m. There was a dance performance first, including the dancers in the photo above. At one point, there were hundreds of salsa dancers in sparkly costumes dancing. It was amazing! Then, the athletes came into the stadium in their country’s group, followed by their flag. It was really cool. Must be similar to the Olympics. The crowd cheered each country’s athletes. Loud cheers went out to Colombia, of course, but also Venezuela, Cuba, the United States, Ecuador, Great Britain and Russia. At the end of the ceremony, there was a large fireworks display. They went off above us and over the roof. We could only see a part of the entire thing. A friend of mine got a spectacular photo from high up the mountain at Cristo Rey. The program was very well done and the Caleños are proud to have the games in their city. While waiting for the start, the wave was started many times and went around the entire stadium. Other times, there were loud audience chants of Cali, Cali, Cali or Colombia, Colombia, Colombia. I wore my yellow Colombian soccer shirt and was proud to be a Caleño!