“We are going to rock the games with a ceremony filled with emotion and pageantry,” says Patrick Roberge, president of Patrick Roberge Productions (PRP), which has been named producer of the Games’ opening ceremony August 9, 2014. “We will feature the parade of athletes, the raising of the rainbow flag, as well as spectacular production numbers representing the region’s rich culture, talent and diversity. We look forward to producing a ceremony that fosters an atmosphere where all are welcomed and celebrated,” says Roberge.
Vancouver-based PRP is considered one of Canada’s leading live show and content producers, has been named opening ceremony producer for the 2014 Gay Games, the world’s largest inclusive sporting and cultural events. The opening ceremony on August 9 kicks off the week-long event, taking place in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.
The ninth annual Gay Games expects between 20,000-30,000 participants and will welcome visitors from more than 65 countries. Previously held in cities such as Amsterdam, New York and Sydney, the Gay Games has built an international sport legacy on the foundations of participation, inclusion and personal best.
With over 25 years of experience, PRP is an award-winning live show and content producer, producing high-profile international events including the 100th Grey Cup, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and the opening ceremony of the 122nd session of the International Olympic Committee. PRP is also, for the second consecutive year, producer of the 2014 Thea Awards Gala for the Themed Entertainment Association.
Gregg Levine, chair of the 2014 Gay Games Culture Committee, said, “We are delighted that PRP will bring their international games experience to the Gay Games in Cleveland and Akron.”
The Gay Games is an international sporting and cultural event held every four years under the founding principles of participation, inclusion and personal best. Launched in 1982, the Gay Games invite participation from everybody, regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or health status. More than 35 sports and culture events will be held, with more than 10,000 people from more than 60 countries expected to participate.
As part of its centennial year in 2014, the Cleveland Foundation is proud to be the first presenting sponsor in Gay Games history. The foundation’s support of the Games continues its long-standing commitment to social justice and inclusion.