Pan Am: What you need to know in Hamilton Sunday, fireworks included

As Kanye West takes the stage in Toronto, Hamilton's Pan Am Games will end a little differently – with fireworks and an orchestra.
Kanye West will play Toronto's Pan Am Dome on Sunday night for the closing ceremony. In Hamilton, there will be an orchestra and fireworks over the harbour. ((Dave Allocca/Associated Press))

As Kanye West takes the stage in Toronto, Hamilton's Pan Am Games will end a little differently — with fireworks and an orchestra.

West, Pitbull and Serena Ryder will play the closing ceremonies in Toronto Sunday night. Organizers will also extinguish the Pan Am cauldron —made by ArcelorMittal Dofasco — at the base of the CN Tower. They will also hand off the Pan Am torch to Lima, Peru.

In Hamilton, everyone will gather on the waterfront. Since Saturday, people have been attending the Hamilton Waterfront Pan Am Cultural Showcase, which includes bands, music, arts and crafts and a large screen to watch the games. The company that does Supercrawl is organizing it.

The games officially end with fireworks by Circus Orange with National Academy Orchestra at 9:45 p.m. over Hamilton Harbour.

The rest of the schedule Sunday is as follows:

  • Ash & Bloom at 12 noon.
  • CBC's Coverage of Men's Football Final – Gold Medal Match airs at 1 p.m.
  • The Zolas at 4 p.m.
  • Hamilton Aerial Group at 4 p.m.
  • Alfie Smith at 5:30 p.m.
  • Turbo Street Fund Band at 7:15 p.m.
  • Terra Lightfoot with Boris Brott, National Academy Orchestra at 9 p.m.
  • Fireworks by Circus Orange with National Academy Orchestra at 9:45 p.m.

There will be paid parking at Pier 8 for $5 and free parking at Bayfront Park. Get more information at hamilton.ca.

Transportation

GO trains along the Lakeshore West line from Toronto to Niagara are slightly delayed as of 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Check the schedule.

Weather

The weather will be sunny and hot with highs of 30 C. The UV index will be very high, so wear sunscreen.

The forecast Sunday night is a few clouds with a low of 18 C.

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