Parade of Nations

Parade of Nations (PON) and Opening Ceremony


For the Standard Duathlon, Sprint Duathlon and Cross Triathlon athletes, Parade of Nations will be held on July 5th, followed by the Opening Ceremony. 
Athletes should assemble with their country’s team at 16.45 at Flakhaven for the beginning of the
Parade of Nations at 17:30. The Parade of Nations will go through downtown Odense towards King’s
Garden, for the Opening/Welcoming Ceremony. Each country will select an athlete to be their team’s flag bearer.
Flags will be provided by the LOC, and must be returned to the volunteers after the PON.


Click here to view the Parade of Nation route online.


For the Aquathlon, Aquabike and Long Distance athletes, Parade of Nations will be held on July 11th, followed by a Welcoming Ceremony.
Athletes should assemble with their country’s team at 17.30 at King's garden for the beginning of the
Welcoming Ceremony at 18.00. At 18.15, the Parade of Nations will go through downtown Odense, crossing the City Bridge and ending at the Pasta Party at 19.00 in Storms Pakhus.
Each country will select an athlete to be their team’s flag bearer.
Flags will be provided by the LOC, and must be returned to the volunteers after the PON.

Click here to view the Parade of Nation route online.

Detailed program

5th of July

16:15) Flag-carriers shall arrive at Flakhaven, to get handed their country flag, and get ready to stand in alphabetic order, in front of the city hall.

16:45-17:15) Athlete will arrive at Flakhaven, and look for their flag-carrier, and go stand with him/her. There will be volunteers to help. If preparation of brought items is needed, this is the time to do so.

17:15-17:30) Welcome speech from the head of HCA parade, and if necessary, some additional information.

17:30-18:30) The parade will walk the route, with HCA parade in front, the nations will sing songs, play music from loudspeakers, talk with each other, have fun. When they arrive in Kings Garden, at the left when they enter, there will be some flagholders on the ground, that the flag-carrier shall place the flag in, and that will make the flag avenue. After all that is done, they will be placed in front of the stage, and the speeches will begin.

11th of July

17:00) Flag-carrier will arrive, and get their country flag handed to.

17:30-18:00) Athletes will arrive at Kings Garden, and just like at Flakhaven, stay in the groups of their country, in alphabetic order. There will be volunteers to help. Volunteers will be ready to guide the athletes and make them start walking after the ceremony.

18:00-18:15) The official opening ceremony.

18:15-18:30) Warm up.

18:30-) The parade will start walking, and end up arriving at the Pasta Party.