2020 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony
Opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Paralympics
|Date||24 August 2021|
|Time||20:00 – 22:54 JST (UTC+9)|
|Theme||"Moving Forward: We Have Wings"|
|Filmed by||OBS on behalf of the Japan Consortium|
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|2020 Summer Paralympics|
The 2020 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony took place on 24 August 2021 at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. The theme of the opening ceremony was "Moving Forward: We Have Wings" and thus surrounded the theme of aviation, airplanes, airports, and everything that involved air travel.
- 20:00 temperature 28.1 °C (82.6 °F) humidity 69% 
- 23:00 temperature 26.8 °C (80.2 °F) humidity 80%
- At the observation point, it rained at each hour of 20:00, 22:00, and 23:00 to the extent that an hourly rainfall of 0 (mm) was recorded.
The Japan National Stadium, also referred to as the Olympic Stadium, served as the main stadium for the opening ceremony. The stadium will also serve as the main stadium for the closing ceremony, and the athletics/track and field events.
Parade of nations
In the announcement of the Refugee Paralympic Team, it was stated that the team would enter first in the parade of nations. The rest of the countries entered in the Japanese Gojūon alphabetical order, with the last three teams being the United States, France, and Japan as the current host of the Paralympics as the final team and the next two hosts being Los Angeles 2028 and Paris 2024, so the United States and France entered as the final two teams before the Japanese team. Unlike the Olympics, Greece does not enter at the start of the parade, but rather in the middle of the alphabetical order.
Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii was among the musicians who participated in the Opening Ceremony, although not in person. A recording of a composition by him ("House of Wind"), performed with an orchestra, was played while the flag of Japan was carried on stage. 13 year old Yui Wago performed the role of the 'Little One-Winged Plane'.
Dignitaries in attendance
Host country dignitaries
Dignitaries from international organizations
International Paralympic Committee – President Andrew Parsons
International Olympic Committee – President Thomas Bach
Dignitaries from abroad
Colombia – Presidential Advisor for the Participation of Persons with Disabilities Jairo Clopatofsky
South Korea – Korean Paralympic Committee president Lee Myung-ho
United States – Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff
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- In the video on the website (sports.nhk.or.jp), you can watch it in the full version of 3 hours 5 minutes 36 seconds. Japan only.