Cleveland + Akron know how to put on a party!
DATE: Saturday, August 16
TIME: 5-10 p.m.
TICKETS (GG9 participants): Included with registration
TICKETS (spectators): $15 (online here) at door. Will be accepting CASH ONLY on site.
Mall C, Lakeside Avenue across from Convention Center (between Ontario and East Sixth Street), Downtown Cleveland
Participants: Gather pre-ceremony at 4 p.m. at the Cleveland
Convention Center and rock out before marching into Closing Ceremony
As Games Week comes to a close, gather with old and new friends to
celebrate the memories made, the personal-best victories and get
energized about what’s to come when the Gay Games goes to Paris in 2018.
Enjoy the special Andrew Christian fashion show and dance the night
away under the Cleveland sky.
DATE: Saturday, 9 August
TIMES: 4-6 p.m. Participant Pre-Party/Parade of Participants Gathering at Progressive Field
7-10:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony
On Saturday, 9 August, the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Gay Games will kick off at Quicken Loans Arena (home of the Cleveland Cavs basketball team) in downtown Cleveland.
The Gay Games Opening Ceremony will offer a star-studded line up of entertainment, featuring singer, dancer, and radio host Lance Bass, Broadway actress Andrea McArdle, and the legendary Pointer Sisters. Alex Newell, best known for his role on Fox's Glee, will join McArdle for a tribute to Gay Games participants in a Broadway-style musical number. Olympic champion and LGBT advocate Greg Louganis will make a special appearance at Opening Ceremony. The event will generate buzz, excitement and spirit that will carry throughout the remainder of the Games.
Participants will gather in nearby Progressive Field (home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team) between 4 and 6 p.m. to meet old and new friends, have pre-party fun before organizing to march (by geography) into Quicken Loans Arena. Around 7 p.m., expect to be energized and entertained by the moving and inspirational program. Entertainment will feature spectacular production numbers with guest artists, dancers, cheerleaders, the 2014 Gay Games community chorus and team marching band. Plus the formal welcome speeches, the raising of the Rainbow Flag and the administration of the pledge taken by all participants will get these Games started in style.
NOTE: For late arrivals, Gay Games will have accreditation pickup temporarily on site prior to pick up credentials only.