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Sun breaks through at Pan Am Games

Updated: October 15, 2011, 12:00 AM ET
Associated Press

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The sound of Mexico's famous mariachis filled the air Friday at the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games, signaling the start of the 2½-week competition -- Mexico's biggest undertaking on the international sports stage since the 1986 World Cup.

Tradition set the backdrop for much of the ceremony, which opened with women wearing colorful dresses dancing to the sound of brass and strings with Mexican vaqueros -- or cowboys -- riding their mounts at ...

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