Copenhagen welcomed OutGames athletes and supporters to the city and to the official opening ceremony on July 25, 2009. The colorful event was held in the City Hall Square in the center of the city. There were about 6,000 athletes from more than 80 countries who paraded across the specially built stage and then watched the welcoming speeches by the Lord Mayor and OutGames officials. Following the talks the crowds were entertained by music, dance, acrobatic performances and a huge party.

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