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In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
Flag bearer Eshrat Kordestani of Iran leads the team entering the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
Members of Iraq's delegation enter during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 7, 2016. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
Members of Turkey's delegation enter during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 7, 2016. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
Members of Iran's delegation enter during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 7, 2016. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
Fireworks explode during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
American Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy dances with a robot during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 7, 2016. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
Clodoaldo Silva lights the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
Singer Seu Jorge performs in front of the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
Flag bearer Metwaly Mathna of Egypt leads the team entering the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
In pictures: 2016 Rio Paralympics - Opening Ceremony
A member of Team Saudi Arabia enters the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)