Opening Ceremony

2022 ESWG Opening Ceremony at the Public Beach on Mirror Lake

featuring the Parade of Athletes, lighting of the torch, and a light show!

Thursday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Athletes will line up on Parkside Drive.

Free and open to the public


Athletes who have received their jackets may arrive at the Opening Ceremony and march in the athlete parade. Athletes MUST have their ESWG jacket on to march in the Opening Ceremony. This year, the parade of athletes will take place at the very beginning of the program, so athletes should arrive no later than 6:15 p.m.

Parents, family, friends, and spectators are invited and encouraged to attend. This year's Opening Ceremony will feature countless moments you won't want to forget, so don't forget to bring your cameras!

For parents - make a plan for connecting with your athlete following the ceremony. Athletes will be located on the ice during this year's ceremony.

After you drop your athletes off at the ceremony, proceed to the stands and be seated. We provide a large contingent of both ESWG staff and adult volunteers to help organize the athletes prior to the event. You can feel secure your child will be supervised and safe for the duration of the ceremony. Parents are not allowed to march in the parade of athletes. Volunteers march in with them, and remain with them for the duration of the ceremony as chaperones.