The 2016 Paralympic Games got off to a great start in Rio de Janeiro to a backdrop of colour, music and a powerful message of inclusivity despite the political tension in Brazil.
Competition proper starts later on Thursday and it was preceded by thousands of performers, who were involved either side of the two-hour procession of competing countries at the Maracana.
The recent political crisis was however evident during the opening ceremony after Brazilian president Michael Temer was booed during his speech. Rio 2016 organising committee president Carlos Nuzman was also booed when he was delivering his speech.
This is coming on the back of former president Dilma Roussef’s exit from her official residence having been earlier impeached.