Report OK, what makes a 'good' Olympic Opening Ceremony? in General Olympics Discussion Posted November 28, 2012 My point is more to the idea of cutting out the athletes from the ceremony. I don't think it can be done and I don't think it is fair to cut that part out just for some more POW and kids dancing in silly costumes. Yeah, the parade can get long. But London showed that it can be handled better than in the past. The 2012 parade moved by at a good pace, in my mind. Basically, I'm content with the formula as it is. A good narrative, a good flow, some wow moments here and there, a parade and the pomp and protocol. That's all you need. What I don't like is when they try to hard to cheese it up - like getting celebrities to carry the Olympic flag, weird interpretations of national anthems, or awkward acts that don't seem to fit. The ceremony should be about the host country telling their story and how they fit into the world and the value of sport and Olympism. I often feel that sport gets left out of the equation. Winter ceremonies seem to do that much better. Summer ceremonies are all about 'look at how awesome our country is'.