In pictures: The Paralympics are off to a roaring start with a spectacular opening ceremony

Paralympians competing in Rio will inspire and excite the world as the Games get under way, those who gathered to watch the spectacular opening ceremony were told by head of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven.

Well, if the opening ceremony is anything to go by, we think he’s right.

There were giant puppets…

… and colourful beach-themed umbrellas

US snowboarder and Paralympic bronze medallist Amy Purdy danced with a robot.

These guys looked like an Antony Gormley sculpture

Ticker tape rained down from above as athletes entered the stadium.

Wheelchair stunts wowed the crowd

What more could you want? If this is anything to go by, we’ve got an incredible two weeks ahead of us.

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