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An opening ceremony, grand opening, or ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official opening of a newly-constructed location or the start of an event.[1] Opening ceremonies at large events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
might have an opening ceremony that involves thousands of participants and is watched worldwide.

Grand opening of a swimming pool, 1941

In the case of physical establishments, its grand opening might be preceded by a "soft opening" or "soft launch" in which the establishment begins to operate with little promotion, to allow testing of operations, procedures, and facilities. See also[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Opening ceremonies.

Golden Spike Groundbreaking Olympic Games
Olympic Games
ceremony Ship christening Topping out

References[edit]

^ Streetwise Meeting and Event Planning. Grand Openings: Chapter 8. Adams Media. pp. 89–103.

External links[edit]

Planning Your Ribbon Cutting or Groundbreaking
Groundbreaking
Ceremony

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