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RECAP: Pan Am Games opening ceremony

WATCH: Many people in Toronto are now embracing the idea of hosting the Pan Am Games despite logistical concerns leading up to the international party. Mark McAllister reports.

TORONTO – The 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto officially kicked off Friday with the opening ceremony at the Rogers Centre.

The ceremony featured a 150-minute presentation by Cirque du Soleil with 625 performers representing 25 nationalities.

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Before the presentation, Cirque du Soleil creative director Jean Guibert said the show would feature audience and athlete interaction.

“We’re doing a show that we wanted to be exciting and relevant to the athletes. One of the things we’ve decided to do was to make [the audience] part of the show,” Guibert said. “The athletes are really going to be quite part of the design, which is quite an original way of integrating them into the show.”

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Sprint canoeist Mark Oldershaw will carry the flag for Team Canada as Toronto welcomes the Pan Am Games.