Opening ceremonies were held Tuesday at the riverfront plaza to help kickoff the 2022 Can-Am Police-Fire Games.
There are 44 competitive events involving 800 athletes from across Canada and U.S. as part of the games which also began on Tuesday and run through Sunday all across the Windsor area.
The events range from traditional sports, like softball, swimming, and track and field, to participant-specific sports, like the Toughest Firefighter Alive contest.
The opening ceremonies at the riverfront featured live music, food and beverage tents, fireworks and lighting of the ceremonial torch.
The Can-Am Police Fire Games are a biennial competition where police, fire, emergency medical services (EMS), customs, corrections and others compete.
“Our first responders, locally and across North America do an incredible job,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Getting a chance to host them and show our appreciation at the opening ceremonies is something our city is proud to do.
“I encourage everyone to come out and cheer them on. This is going to be a great week to be a part of. Congratulations to the organizers and sponsors that have brought us to this point. You have our thanks for providing an opportunity for the women and men of our emergency response services to compete, connect and inspire.”
For a complete list of event times and locations for the games, visit online windsor2022.ca.